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I'm a bit skeptical with the old Wooden Shjips. I saw them live once and they were terrifyingly tedious. Most of their recorded output does very little for me although I do like some bits of Volume 1. So it's a bit of a surprise how impressed I am by this new one from offshoot band Moon Duo, especially since the apple's fallen so close to the tree that it might as well still be fully attached ...

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Escape by Moon Duo
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10/10 Brett Staff review, 11 February 2010
I'm a bit skeptical with the old Wooden Shjips. I saw them live once and they were terrifyingly tedious. Most of their recorded output does very little for me although I do like some bits of Volume 1. So it's a bit of a surprise how impressed I am by this new one from offshoot band Moon Duo, especially since the apple's fallen so close to the tree that it might as well still be fully attached to it. It's still space rock with a contradictorily earthy feel and the basic formula of 'The Doors meets Suicide' droney repeato rock remains exactly the same but it seems like they've finally nailed the technique, knowing when to keep pushin' on and when to change up in order to keep the interest going for us, the twitchy listeners. A mere chord change or the addition of an unhinged solo feels like a seismic shift in the context of one of these extended riff-outs. The final track does change the focus somewhat to my ears, with a greater emphasis on the percussion that brings a kind of Neu-goes-Americana feel to things. In any case I have no qualms about declaring this to be the best release to have come from this group of musicians so far, something everyone else in here seemed to agree with when I suggested it on the first listen. The lads at Woodsist have chosen a good time to pick them up.



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