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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length for the Lawrence, Kansas band consisting of Matt Suggs (Butterglory), Rob Pope (The Get Up Kids), and John Anderson, Zach Holland, Dustin Kinsey (Thee Higher Burning Fire).
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. It isn't easy to strike the right balance between ambition and emotion, scale and humanity; White Whale manage it with ease on WWI.
  2. Throughout the majority, the inspirado strikes and the formula works perfectly. [Summer 2006, p.84]
  3. Too big for the shallows, White Whale are at their best when pushing out into the depths of dense melodies and sea-breezy lyrics. [Sep 2006, p.216]
  4. WWI is a multi-layered indie rock epic packed with quirky characters, intricate verses, and grand theatrics.
  5. 70
    Fairly golden and never uninteresting. [#73, p.110]
  6. Unfortunately, as with music that draws from familiar musical influences, White Whale occasionally lapse into more predictable territory.
  7. Facelessly competent, they make self-important, self-consciously literate guitar rock past its sell-by date via a simple recipe: mix together some late-period Death Cab for Cutie, some OK Computer-era Radiohead, and add in a few Doves and some Decemberists.

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  1. JesseS
    Nov 3, 2006
    8
    By far the best debut album I've heard this year. This is very smart music, epic but not overbearing. Why isn't it getting more By far the best debut album I've heard this year. This is very smart music, epic but not overbearing. Why isn't it getting more attention? Buy it! Listen to it! Let's make sure there's a WWII! Expand