w h o k i l l
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #9 / 895
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 185 ratings
2011 Ratings: #24
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There's an energy and atmosphere to w h o k i l l which seems to just pour off the record.

Drowned in Sound

With whokill, Merrill Garbus has somehow managed to encompass more ideas into just over 40 minutes than most artists manage in a lifetime.

No Ripcord

It’s a massive improvement from her last album, yet it never sacrifices any of her style.

Tiny Mix Tapes

This album demands your open-minded attention on its own terms, and it ends up teaching you how to listen to it in a new way.


The music benefits from the increased professionalism, but Garbus has not abandoned her lo-fi aesthetic.

Jan 25, 2018
The pop sound that tUnE-yArDs conjured on 'w h o k i l l' still manages to be quite remarkable. Even after nearly seven years since its original release, it maintains its refreshing feel and originality, as there is no album and no artist that matched what Merrill Garbus achieved here. However, when it comes to the substance of this release, I'd say that there isn't a whole lot that this album offers. Not only that, but some of the sonic experiments that Garbus brings to the table are a tad ... read more
Jan 15, 2018
After Tune-Yard’s dull and cluttered debut, WHOKILL is a refreshingly well-written effort that put this band on my radar. I still visit this album often, the first four tracks are great and the social/political lyrics work well never coming off as preachy. Garbus has worked out her kinks and instead of providing us with an album of filler, these songs have a stronger and tighter purpose to them. She stretches and refines both the instrumentation and her vocal delivery.
Dec 10, 2017
Dec 12, 2016
Merrill Garbus is one of the coolest yet weirdest female singers I have ever seen. This album is one of my top albums by a female along with Joanna Newson. Incredible voice, incredible display of musical and instrumental technique.

Fav Tracks; My Country, Riotriot, Bizness
Feb 18, 2015
Even if you dislike this album, you gotta give it up to Merrill for making of the most unique and colorful pop albums in quite a while. The songs are super catchy and I love how she makes grooves and instrumentals out of her own vocal sampling. This is my absolute go to "Happy Mood" album.
Fav Tracks: My Country, Es-so, Gangsta, Bizness, Wolly Wolly Gong
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