Moh Lhean

Why? - Moh Lhean
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #295 / 723
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2017 Ratings: #570
March 3, 2017 / Release Date
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Joyful Noise / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a thought-out piece of work; a collection of collaborating and competing daubs of colour across a blank canvas; a flock of sounds moving together as one, for one simple reason alone: to bring you joy.

80
The Skinny

Textually, WHY? have always been a fascinating project, with his brother Josiah Wolf and Doug McDirmaid providing back-up rhythm, but Moh Lhean sees the band take on a more ambient role.

80
Exclaim!

Moh Lhean is a stellar album that serves as a portrait of the artist as a not-quite-so-young man who's still finding weird new ways to pose age-old questions.

80
AllMusic

Decidedly offbeat but not as manic as some of Why?'s prior material, Moh Lhean sounds a little more mature, but only relatively speaking. The project remains a creative burst of sounds, grooves, and stylized observation that's uniquely refreshing to those open to its quirky complexity.

80
PopMatters

Moh Lhean is experimental in many respects, but there is by no means a seismic shift in the band’s sound. This is still wholly and unmistakably a WHY? record, but there are subtle changes.

77
Pitchfork

Yoni Wolf's prog-rap project is rejuvenated, and Moh Lhean is a bracing, clear-eyed album that still sounds uniquely like WHY?. It's the most strangely beautiful thing Wolf's made in years.

75
The 405

Even though we’re not hearing nearly as many sentiments, Moh Lhean sounds just as complete as any other WHY? record. This album is the mark of a man who knows where he is in life.

70
Drowned in Sound

Moh Lhean is an enjoyable record and there's plenty of great moments to be found here, it's just anyone who loved that almost decade-old behemoth by now aren't necessarily going to find anything really thrilling here.

70
Under The Radar

For not being as sly or humorous as his past work, Moh Lhean recalls the confident one-two punch of Alopecia and Eskimo Snow, and is just as likely to impact the listeners who felt a special connection to his writing then, nearly a decade ago.

60
DIY

‘Moh Lhean’ mostly moves to the beat of its own, strangely laid-back drums. It just would have been nice to have a little more variation buried within those meditative vibes.

TheBravesDH
65
Really wanted them to come back with more bite than this.
Corey_Larkin
79
The best, most interesting WHY? album since their critical breakout, Alopecia. Yoni Wolf displays his soulful and imaginative lyrics that are bolstered by the progressive rap/rock instrumentals the band has claimed as it's distinguishing feature.
78
It's an enjoyable, albeit confused album. I enjoyed the overall sound the first time through, but it's hard to find any mood I find myself revisiting this album rather than a few singles.
55
Struggling to see the appeal here. Weird sonic hodgepodge that, while distinctive, never quite made sense, and struck me as pretty one-note.
90
This new one from WHY? is a fantastic addition to the already impressive discography he has created. I especially enjoy the song "One Mississippi."
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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Track List

  1. This Ole King
  2. Proactive Evolution
  3. Easy
  4. January February March
  5. One Mississippi
  6. The Longing Is All
  7. George Washington
  8. The Water
  9. Consequence of Nonaction
  10. The Barely Blur
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