It encapsulates what makes them so unique while subtly expanding and pushing forward their sound, and as such must be viewed a real triumph.
On the strength of this album alone, I'd say WHY? still have a few good hands to play first.
On the one hand it has a great deal more rapping, and at the best moments Yoni sounds top of his game, but at the same time, he’s still singing away, and he’s incorporating more and more live instrumentation.
This album is also home to some of the frontman’s most compelling rhymes, and there’s a narrative flow here that gives even the most skippable tracks momentum.
Despite its strengths, Mumps, Etc. is a reminder that practice, clout, and resources can polish up production value, but not necessarily improve poetry.
Mumps, etc. misses out on the engrossing atmospheres the last two albums had, and its best track, "Sod in the Seed," is a holdover from the recent EP of the same name
In sounding like all of Wolf’s past forms, Mumps fails to create a new one, bringing his snaking artistic motion to a temporary stall.
There's nothing on Mumps, etc. that can match the dark drama of Alopecia, still the best of Why?'s albums, but if it was Wolf's final statement, it would still be a worthy one.
An often unlistenable album from WHY?, a group whose music is often excellent.
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