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Why?: Mumps, etc.

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    Nipping at the ragged heels of their eagerly devoured Sod in the Seed EP, WHY? unleashes their fifth long-player, a meticulous work of morbid fascination and offbeat romanticism dubbed Mumps, etc. Though there is a mysterious sickness (perhaps of the mind) that lurks about these thirteen songs, one might also imagine the title as describing the musically swole state of these three Midwestern men as they bring their sound into glisteningly buff focus. Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid are in the pocket, the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sonic kaleidoscopie. And all the things one loves about them are still true: the grinning sun-warped choruses, that jangly Western lope, those confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details, set dancing down the odd knots of complex poetic daisy chains. It's just that... well, all of it sounds better than ever this time around.

    Part of that is due to how Mumps, etc. was made. Far from their native Cincinnati, the fellas spent a month and a half in the Denton, Texas, studio of Centro-Matic's Matt Pence. They showed up with a pile of demos suspected to be nearly done-some five years in the making-but their aspirations evolved in the shadow of the great University of North Texas music school. Reaching out to a professor therein, they wrangled an ace crew of green-and-white gunslingers to exact their wild schemes: a string quartet, an eight-person choir, woodwinds, horns. The whole set was recorded to two-inch tape (no loops), produced by the Wolf brothers, and mixed in Atlanta by Graham Marsh (Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry) with Yoni. Thus every song pops exactly as it should, smearing genre with pointed intent until the end result became an articulated work of unusual artistry and catchiness-a WHY? record, naturally.

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    1. Jonathan's Hope
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    2. Strawberries
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    3. Waterlines
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    4. Thirteen on High
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    5. White English
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    6. Danny
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    7. Sod in the Seed
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    8. Distance
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    9. Thirst
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    10. Kevin's Cancer
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    11. Bitter Thoughts
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    12. Paper Hearts
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    13. As a Card
    Producers: Yoni Wolf (of Why?); Josiah Wolf (of Why?)
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    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 12/8/2012 1:13:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.89.28)
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    Comment: another incredible album from Why?, a much needed 'return to form' after the beautiful but rapless Eskimo Snow LP, Mumps has Yoni rappin his ass off as the trio evolves furthur as a band with ridiculously dope instrumentation and timing. i've heard some ish talking about the album - perhaps it's not quite the caliber of Elephant Eyelash or Alopecia, but regardless its a truly great album that I rock consistently and will for much time to come
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