10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Jeremy Earl has added members to his once-solo project Woods, they've more than lived up to the hype (such as Pitchfork’s "Best New Music" claim for 2009’s Songs of Shame). Woods have become a surprisingly prolific group—and one that's slowly embraced higher-fidelity productions. Earl sings in an eerie high pitch that lands somewhere between Neil Young and Prince. The playing on the title track may suggest a trip through the psychedelic rock of the ‘60s and the ragged stoner jams of the ‘70s, yet there’s also a dense, modern tone to what's also a current-day raga and pop song. Driving the keyboards to distortion while letting the drummer loose happens even on the more modest songs. “Shepherd” settles on country-rock. “Moving to the Left” trips back to Magical Mystery Tour–era Beatles. A mellow early-'70s tune like “New Light” is warped by its extreme production tone. “Full Moon” could be a lost track by the ‘70s band America. “Only the Lonely” (not the Roy Orbison song) sneaks in the album’s strongest melody just before the finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Jeremy Earl has added members to his once-solo project Woods, they've more than lived up to the hype (such as Pitchfork’s "Best New Music" claim for 2009’s Songs of Shame). Woods have become a surprisingly prolific group—and one that's slowly embraced higher-fidelity productions. Earl sings in an eerie high pitch that lands somewhere between Neil Young and Prince. The playing on the title track may suggest a trip through the psychedelic rock of the ‘60s and the ragged stoner jams of the ‘70s, yet there’s also a dense, modern tone to what's also a current-day raga and pop song. Driving the keyboards to distortion while letting the drummer loose happens even on the more modest songs. “Shepherd” settles on country-rock. “Moving to the Left” trips back to Magical Mystery Tour–era Beatles. A mellow early-'70s tune like “New Light” is warped by its extreme production tone. “Full Moon” could be a lost track by the ‘70s band America. “Only the Lonely” (not the Roy Orbison song) sneaks in the album’s strongest melody just before the finish.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

JV19 ,

The best from KY

This is easily my favorite release of the year so far. Woods is getting better every album. Was listening to this while driving around beautiful kentucky and it made the trip that much better. Great road trip music , great camping in the middle of nowhere music.

Robert Ithiel ,

Lost in the woods

I love going for long walks in the woods. Getting lost in the dense foliage.

Ahhh... The fresh air filling my lungs. All the lush, beautiful colors surrounding me.

Until next time...

GoinDownSouth ,

How did I miss this a year ago? maybe best yet...

I really don’t know how I missed this release a year ago. I’ve got several of there albums, and this may be there tightest sound yet. Songs of Shame had been my previous favorite but it may have been supplanted. Sweet album.

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