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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: City Slang 2012
  • ASIN: B008UACP9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William L. Nienaber on October 19, 2012
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I really only became acquainted with (and fell in love with) the music of Why? with 2008's Alopecia, a masterpiece in its own right. Since then I've made it my business to complete my Why? collection, acquiring their other full-length albums, plus a couple EPs. Since then, I also found much to love on their subsequent Eskimo Snow set. So it was with great anticipation that I waited several months for this one, and the wait, it turns out, was well worth it. The instrumentation and production are perhaps even better than on the aforementioned albums, and as always, the remarkable lyrical offerings from Yoni Wolf consistently amaze, amuse, and frankly make my head spin at times. His verses are so jam-packed and intricately constructed that it sometimes takes a couple listens to get everything he's saying in a single sentence, which is often the same thing as an entire verse. And as usual, the messages range from deeply personal (almost embarrassingly so) to brilliantly comic, but each song is also a unique and precise insight into the human condition. Put a gun to my head and force me to pick favorite tracks, and I would offer as my choices Jonathan's Hope, Strawberries, White English, Sod in the Seed, Distance, Paper Hearts, and As a Card... but for sure, there is not a track on this collection that is anything less than excellent. It's approximately the only thing I've been listening to for the past two weeks...
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Sonically, Mumps, etc. could perhaps best be described as the sound of Elephant Eyelash with the production of Alopecia. Very entertaining, at least for those who like that sound, though not exactly breaking new ground.

Lyrically, the album has come under fire for being a "midlife crisis album", and an exceptionally indulgent one, given that Yoni is only 30. Certainly, that is one of the themes, but (I feel) Yoni provides a good spin on the standard here.

Not his best; Elephant Eyelash and Alopecia edge it out, I feel, but not deserving of the drubbing Pitchfork gave it. Start with Alopecia, but don't pass over Mumps just because the hipsters hate it.
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Pitchfork abhorred this one. An agonizing review, in fact, which led into a deep and frankly pretty intriguing and adroit dissection of the anatomy of a failed album that unfortunately did little to touch exactly what Why? did right. Call me a Yani Wolf purist, but I really like most anything that man does. This is not as brilliant as Alopecia. It is not even as good as Elephant Eyelash (waterfalls will probably never be eclipsed, nor speech bubbles). But gosh darn if it doesn't try. The rhymes are serviceable and darkly snide, and the backing is great. Honestly I find myself listening to this album again and again on Spotify but have yet to shell out the cash to purchase it--which I suppose sums up my feelings on it. By no means is it the reprehensible trash Pitchfork made it out to be. But is it worth 15 bucks? Probably not. Worth a listen, however, if only to hear one of the lyrical geniuses of our age (there I said it) working just a hair outside of his comfort zone and making the most of it.
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Very good stuff...the critical backlash is unwarranted. I've been listening to yoni+ for over ten years and this release is formidable for sure...don't let the hipster brigade dissuade you from enjoying this release!
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totally outstand. Why? is the cronic!!! go out and see them on tour, well worth it...Several of their best songs, ever, are on this album. Yoni (and the crew) kick it...
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This was my first Why? CD. I read the horrible review on Pitchfork and that alone made me purchase the record. Amazing. Catchy and strange. Made me go back and get all of their old stuff.

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I really love this album. I enjoyed alopecia, it was very creative. I was lucky enough to see them in Germany for the tour promoting that album. I immediately purchased the album they released afterwards and was a little disappointed. So, when I read that they planned on releasing an album similar to alopecia, I was excited. I think this album is just as good if not better. Great work!
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