- Words: Sam Mickens
- Label: Anticon
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
For artists as self-immolating as Oakland hip-hop/future-pop purveyors Why?, titling an album Alopecia (an unpleasant form of hair loss) is no huge surprise. Why? main man Yoni Wolf’s deft lyricism often finds its focus in the granular details of everyday life, reveling in the mundane but often parlaying it into transcendent beauty. Maintaining his new focus on sung songs, started on Why?’s last record, Elephant Eyelash, Wolf’s reedy voice evokes everyone from The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle to They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell but manages to always deliver the songs with unsentimental emotion. Alopecia finds Why? refining and clarifying the scope of its music to mostly excellent ends.
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