Woods CD/LP reviewed by Troy Brookins

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Woods CD/LP reviewed by Troy Brookins
Jul 29, 2009, 15:10

Woods - Songs of Shame

WOODS Songs of Shame LP/CD

The latest from Woods made me track down everything they've ever done because it's that good. Songs of Shame grooves in a lo-fi psychedelic shake that becomes obsessive only after a few listens. Tracks like “Rain On,” “The Number” and “To Clean”—perfect fodder for summer road trip mixed-tape selections, and the rest of the record only punctuates the addictive sweetness of Woods. There's also an underlying tragic and personal quality to Songs of Shame that bring a certain vulnerability to the mix.  Singer/guitarist Jeremy Earl sometimes recalls Dean Wareham in full Galaxy 500 nasal-wail and they often flirt with The Velvet Underground, especially on the free-form jam “September With Pete,” but the overall result is undeniably Woods at their best. [Woodsist]

-Troy Brookins


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