Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

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Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? cover art.jpg
Studio album by The Unicorns[1]
Released 21 October 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded June – July 2003
Genre Indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi
Length 41:03
Label Alien8 Recordings (U.S.)
ALIENCD41Rough Trade
Producer Mark Lawson
The Unicorns[1] chronology
Unicorns Are People Too
(2003)
Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
(2003)
The Unicorns: 2014
(2004)
Alternate cover
2014 reissue cover

Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? is the sole studio album by the Canadian indie rock band the Unicorns. It features several re-arranged versions of songs from their earlier self-released CD Unicorns Are People Too. The album was first issued on CD and on vinyl in North America by Alien8 Recordings on 21 October 2003, and on CD in Europe by Rough Trade Records in 2004. It has since been repressed in limited quantities on pink and brown vinyl by Alien8 and was re-released on 26 August 2014 on the band's own label, Caterpillar Records.[2]

The album received positive reviews both upon its release and in retrospective analyses, and it has been considered to be one of the best Canadian indie rock albums of all time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by the Unicorns

No. Title Length
1. "I Don't Wanna Die"   2:04
2. "Tuff Ghost"   2:57
3. "Ghost Mountain"   3:10
4. "Sea Ghost"   3:43
5. "Jellybones"   2:44
6. "The Clap"   1:27
7. "Child Star"   5:22
8. "Let's Get Known"   1:57
9. "I Was Born (A Unicorn)"   2:46
10. "Tuff Luff"   4:19
11. "Inoculate the Innocuous"   5:18
12. "Les Os"   3:32
13. "Ready to Die"   1:43
Total length:
41:03

2014 reissue[edit]

Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? was reissued on 26 August 2014 to coincide with the band's brief reunion tour, ten years after their initial split.[4][5] It features new artwork and includes four bonus tracks which are all previously unreleased other than "Evacuate the Vacuous" which appeared on The Unicorns: 2014. "Rocket Ship" is a cover of a song by Daniel Johnston, which is rumoured to have been recorded for the 2004 tribute album The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered.[6]

No. Title Length
14. "Rocket Ship (Bonus Track)"   2:52
15. "Let Me Sleep (Bonus Track)"   3:38
16. "Evacuate the Vacuous (Bonus Track)"   3:22
17. "Haunted House (Live) (Bonus Track)"   3:38

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[9]
Mojo 3/5 stars[10]
NME 8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5[13]
Uncut 3/5 stars[14]

The album received positive reviews. Shortly after its release, Eric Carr of Pitchfork wrote that "even at their goofiest, The Unicorns' level of comfort with their material-- and the obvious confidence that engenders-- makes it all seem totally natural and new".[12] After its 2014 re-issue, Pitchfork's Stuart Berman called it "messy and often brilliant", writing that the album is "too complex to be classified as garage-rock, too unsettled to be psychedelic, too hooky to be described as art-damaged, and too fiercely funky to lapse into twee solipsism".[6]

Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound wrote that, throughout the album, "death and darkness haunt everything, even the cheeky synth tones and joyous guitars, but that shouldn’t stop you from dancing".[15] Justin Cober-Lake of PopMatters called the album "one of the year's most enjoyable",[16] and Adam Lalama of Noisey wrote that it is "incontestably one of the coolest Canadian indie-rock albums of all time".[3]

Personnel[edit]

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Mark Lawson.

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vargas, Edgar (16 October 2016). "Tuning in to Tonality". The Varsity. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b Lalama, Adam (28 July 2014). "Reviews: The Unicorn's 'Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?'". Noisey. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (21 July 2014). "The Unicorns Announce Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? Reissue, Share Cover of Daniel Johnston's "Rocket Ship"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Unicorns reissuing 'Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?,' share Daniel Johnston cover, playing Pop Montreal". BrooklynVegan. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Berman, Stuart (29 July 2014). "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Reviews for Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? by The Unicorns". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ Hopkin, Kenyon. "Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? – The Unicorns". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ Chigley, Jesus (January 10, 2005). "Album Review: The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Mojo. January 2005. p. 104. 
  11. ^ "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". NME. December 4, 2004. p. 55. 
  12. ^ a b Carr, Eric (11 November 2003). "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  13. ^ wyatt. "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". Uncut. January 2005. p. 132. 
  15. ^ Kivel, Adam (4 August 2014). "The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? [Reissue]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  16. ^ Cober-Lake, Justin (28 January 2004). "The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (27 September 2013). "HIMYM: How The Unicorns Helped Ted Mosby Meet The Mother". MTV.com. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  18. ^ Caitlin Murphy (13 May 2013). "The 25 Useless Things We've Learned About The Mother On HIMYM". Crushable. Retrieved 12 November 2016.