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Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone

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Editorial Reviews

The Unicorns' first release on Alien8 features thirteen tracks deeply rooted in careful songwriting and lo-fi pop experimentalism, backing up their reputation as Canada's most promising new band and Planet Earth's next big thing.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Dont Wanna Die
  2. Tuff Ghost
  3. Ghost Mountain
  4. Sea Ghost
  5. Jelly Bones
  6. The Clap
  7. Child Star
  8. Let's Get Known
  9. I Was Born (A Unicorn)
  10. Tuff Luff
  11. Inoculate The Innocuous
  12. Les Os
  13. Ready To Die

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alien8 Recording
  • ASIN: B0000DJEMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jellybones on March 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The unicorns deliver fresh pop using whatever seems available, and deliver in style. This record at first may seem a bit edgy, but after a listen or two its is pure raw pop essence, it will haunt you. An odd assortment of instruments make appearances... the loopy casio-ish keyboards and random clanking and crashing in "Ghost Mountain", the catchy Irish whistle of "Sea Ghost", or the toy like keyboards and sliding electronica in the opening of "Jellybones". The `corns have an inate ability to make the songs all sound spontaneous and unrehearsed, like in the vocal exchange of "I was Born a Unicorn" ("I write the songs / no I write the songs! / You said I'm doing it wrong / you ARE doing it wrong!!!). I cant escape the feeling that they are probably goofing on everyone in the audience at each show; indeed right through the speakers on every listener of this album. They bring a sense of humor that is dark, sarcastic, and smarmy. Death references abound; indeed the album opens with "I Don't Wanna die" and closes with "Ready to Die". With nods to Biggie Smalls and lyrics like "the death sweat suits me, a death threat provides a thrill" you get the idea. "Tuff Luff" builds up "its time to decide / we make it or we die" then slings the rhyme "hey nuclear war in a hotbed of trouble make with the penance repent on the double" and finishes "were going down, in smoke and flames" all the while backed with a cheery whistle and crisp happy drum line. If you like catchy undercooked pop, ironic and humorous, this album is a dead (cough) bang winner.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sanford P. Mayshark on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hailing from their hometown and indie pop Mecca of Montreal, Canadian rock group the Unicorns seemed destined to forever walk the line of obscurity in the US. Started in the late nineties with the two High School friends Nicholas "Neil" Diamonds and Alden Ginger, the `Corns debut album, early 2003's Unicorns are People Too¸ was a relative smash in Canada, hitting number 29 on the charts, but it never made it over here to the US. And with their sophomore effort and American debut album, late 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, they really don't seem to be getting any closer to achieving mainstream popularity. Not that they should have to. Nor should they try to for that matter, because "The Unicorns" second album is, quite simply put, a pop masterpiece.

Beginning with the faux amateurism of the song "I Don't Wanna Die" and ending with the abrupt cough and quick patter out of "Ready to Die," Hair walks the line between carefully paced meditation on the human inability to accept death and sunny synthesizer laden pop melodies so prevalent in today's indie rock scene. They deliver lines like "I predict: I die in a plane crash. I see it now, I die in a car on tour, and there's no one to stop this," with all of the catchy hooks you'd find in any mindless pop song on the radio. The whole album plays out like one giant ironic twist. On the outside its fresh hooks and melodic pop make The Unicorns sound like 80s revival hipsters, in the vein of Franz Ferdinand and the Strokes, but at their core they play out more like wannabe philosophers. They sound like Plato pretending a pop icon; Gandhi fronting as Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie's lead singer.) And though this comparison is a little farfetched, it isn't so out there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Phillips on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is excellent start-to-finish I love it. I buy a lot of music and most of it doesn't stay in my stereo very long, but this one I have a feeling is going to be in the rotation for a long time. This isn't for people who like typical pop music, but if you love finding new bands, that have a "garage" sound you'll probably like this.
To compare them to another band is difficult but I would say the instrumentation tends to be similar to the Flaming Lips at times, I can see some Broken Social Scene and Walkmen in their too. The best way for you to tell if your going to like it is to listen to it so go to and once your in the site click on the stereo.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. Lash on July 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
let's see, who does recommend along with the 'corns? franz ferdinand, the shins, broken social scene, decemberists... basically, every break-through indie act from the last year, none of whom approach the unicorns' sound. this isn't to say that bands like these have any less merit than these canadian charmers; in fact, i think many of them present more staying power, promise, and "pop" songs at their finest.

examining "who will cut our hair..." as an album, however, it blows the other titles away. experimental, consuming and addictive, this cd isn't a desert island choice; it IS a desert island, its own world that completely mesmerizes you by the second listen. certainly my most rewarding purchase from last year: the one with the greatest staying power, the most charisma, and the most challenge to the music that normally satisfies me. i won't even try to describe their sound; if you've made it this far, you owe it to yourself to give the unicorns a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C.A. Parker on March 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes, the above reviews are right. It's sugar, it's energy, it's experimental, and most of's fantastic! I'm in love with this CD. They are very experimental in their sounds (using everything from a echoplex to a clarinet), but they do it with style. It's a fun CD, yet has a deeper spiritual undertone to it. Serious enough to keep your attention, yet not taking themselves so serious you lose interest. Highly recommended if you're into the indie scene.
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