Mumps, etc.

Why? - Mumps, etc.
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Ratings: #502 / 946
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Based on 20 ratings
October 9, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Anticon / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

It encapsulates what makes them so unique while subtly expanding and pushing forward their sound, and as such must be viewed a real triumph.

The 405

On the strength of this album alone, I'd say WHY? still have a few good hands to play first.

Beats Per Minute

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.

A.V. Club

Despite its strengths, Mumps, Etc. is a reminder that practice, clout, and resources can polish up production value, but not necessarily improve poetry. 

Under The Radar

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

Consequence of Sound

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.

Top 5 most absurdly harsh Pitchfork reviews ever. Gets more in touch with their hip hop roots than its predecessor. It's worth the price of admission for Sod in the Seed alone.
You can say what you want about the vocals being more distinct and less awkward but you can't deny the amazing production value and just jaw-droppingly good beats. Having said that, vocals have toned down a bit and show significantly less restraint than what is seen in previous Why? albums. Whether or not that is a good thing is up to personal preference. I find the emotionally-charged wailing and moaning to be the most intriguing aspect of Why? and was mildly disappointed to see it mostly ... read more
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#46/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Jonathan's Hope 
  2. Strawberries 
  3. Waterlines 
  4. Thirteen on High 
  5. White English 
  6. Danny 
  7. Sod in the Seed 
  8. Distance 
  9. Thirst 
  10. Kevin's Cancer 
  11. Bitter Thoughts 
  12. Paper Hearts 
  13. As a Card
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