October 2, 2009
Album review: Why? - 'Eskimo Snow'
A lo-fi offering that leaves us cold
There are moments on indie folksters Why?’s fourth album that propel you into a state of emotional bliss. Even when frontman Yoni Wolf sings “They say electricity can travel up your piss stream” on ‘Against Me’ his words wrap around you like a warm blanket on a bitter winter’s day. There’s a similar vocal disaffection to Conor Oberst and the same instrumental augmentation as Doug Martsch of Built To Spill. ‘Eskimo Snow’ isn’t immune from the odd blooper, however. ‘Into The Shadows Of My Embrace’, with its chat about the cumming (sic) of age and doing the naughty may be Why?’s homage to the subtle crudeness of Neutral Milk Hotel, but falls more into the lyrical territory of Blink-182.
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