WWI - White Whale
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic 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. It isn't easy to strike the right balance between ambition and emotion, scale and humanity; White Whale manage it with ease on WWI.
  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. You'll hear a hint of Arcade Fire in the shout-along choruses, a whisper of Neutral Milk Hotel in the tales of deformed love, an intimation of the Decemberists in the pantomime sea shanties that explode into rock. They're all pretty faint echos, though, the vaguest kinds of familiar outposts in a sea of strangeness.
  5. 70
    Fairly golden and never uninteresting. [#73, p.110]
  6. WWI is a multi-layered indie rock epic packed with quirky characters, intricate verses, and grand theatrics.
  7. Unfortunately, as with music that draws from familiar musical influences, White Whale occasionally lapse into more predictable territory.
  8. 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! Full Review »