WWI - White Whale
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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).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Throughout the majority, the inspirado strikes and the formula works perfectly. [Summer 2006, p.84]
  2. 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]
  3. It isn't easy to strike the right balance between ambition and emotion, scale and humanity; White Whale manage it with ease on WWI.
  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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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1