Why? - Alopecia
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2008 Ratings: #18 / 758
Year End Rank: #28
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2008 Ratings: #45
Liked by 2 people
March 11, 2008 / Release Date
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Hip Hop / Genres
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Eyebrows raised when Why? were chosen to support the Silver Jews on a 2005 tour, but that seemingly incongruous bill made more sense when considering one of Berman's better lines: "All my favorite singers couldn't sing." Likewise on Alopecia, Yoni Wolf doesn't seem to know he isn't a diva on "Simeon's Dilemma", that he isn't a New Pornographer on "Fatalist Palmistry", or that he's not a grizzled battle-rapper on "The Fall of Mr. Fifths", and he won't let any of it ge

t in his way. He's got too much to say to be concerned about it.

Space Vacation

It's hard to decide a "favourite album" but this might be mine...
I can't begin to put into words what makes me love this record as much as I do and as much as I have.
In a way it's responsible for me becoming a real fan of music in the first place, leading me to delve as deep as I have.
It's the most touching thing I've ever heard.
I love the music.
I LOVE Yoni Wolf; everything about him.
I'll never feel right ... read more

MY 300TH REVIEW!! Thank you for the support everyone, I'm addicted to this website!
Thank you Space Vacation for the suggestion. You a real cool mf. Now to the review.

This album surprised me. I was expecting more Hip Hop (that's the genre it's specified as), but I received some thought-provoking indie lyrics and some off-kilter and experimented instrumentation. With its catchy lyrics and hooks, this album's writing is stellar. I'm gonna say it... Tyler Joseph's rapping should sound ... read more
i never thought indie rock x alternative hiphop fusion in this album would be this lit. s/o to Space Vacation for recommending me this album. cheers! x

1. good friday
2. song of the sad assassin
3. gnashville
4. fatalist palmistry
5. simeon's dilemma
6. by torpedo or crohn's
Like Cake and Beck collaborating with a remit stating they have to work a little hip hop into the mix - so long as things don't go too far in that direction.

Guess I'm saying it sounds like the worst sort of bloodless, clever clever, drawn up by committee 'indie'.

Not working for me.
On his most critically acclaimed album as Why?, Yoni Wolf creates a blissful mixture of indie rock and hip hop that has a keen attention to detail. The lyrics are legitimately well written and relatable, with pop-like song structures.
The formatting and sheer quality of Alopecia is brilliant, but the music itself isn't anything super special. Wolf's voice isn't the best over the rock instrumentation, which is present more here than ever before, that he uses. And in addition to that, the ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Vowels, Pt. 2
  2. Good Friday
  3. These Few Presidents
  4. The Hollows
  5. Song of the Sad Assassin
  6. Gnashville
  7. Fatalist Palmistry
  8. The Fall of Mr. Fifths
  9. Brook & Waxing
  10. A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under
  11. Twenty Eight
  12. Simeon's Dilemma
  13. By Torpedo or Crohn's
  14. Exegesis
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