Album Review of WWI by White Whale.

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WWI by White Whale

Release Date: Jul 25, 2006
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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WWI - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Matt Suggs has been in the indie rock game for a long time. Starting with Butterglory in the mid-'90s, then moving on with a couple of fine, understated solo albums in the early 2000s, he has turned out nothing but high-quality product. His new group, White Whale, continues the run of excellent releases. Teaming with ex-Get Up Kid Robert Pope and three members of the Higher Burning Fire (John Anderson, Zack Holland, Dustin Than Kinsey), Suggs leaves understatement behind on WWI.

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Prefix Magazine - 60
Based on rating 6.0/10

White Whale is as straightforward as they come. Or perhaps not. The band's debut, WWI, is the proggiest thing to come out of Kansas since, I suppose, Kansas, but it's balanced by a bracing intellectualism. It's a slightly confusing listen, but the result isn't necessarily confused. WWI's inception ….

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Dusted Magazine
Their review was positive

There's a wild hair of weirdness running right through White Whale's first album, rupturing what might be relatively accessible indie guitar rock with bizarre images, sudden shouts and a sort of rock-opera narrative with a mysterious Admiral at the center. Consider how the album starts. Against a driving, hail-on-windshield sort of beat, couched in reverberating masses of guitar drama, Matt Suggs ventures his first two lines of lyrics.

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