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Oh, look what’s here! Everyone’s favourite hypno-rockers Wooden Shjips return this week with their latest long-player ‘Back To Land’, the follow-up to 2011’s delicious ‘West’. As with that previous album they’re heading into brighter, warmer and less woozy territory, positively upbeat compared to their early releases, with warm booming bass, and crisp, trebly organ lines over breathy vocals and insistent krautrock beats as an epic chiming guitar sprawl spirals skywards.
Overall I’d say this is their most upbeat collection yet, with the simple melodic interplay between organ and guitar churning along the relentless head-nodding grooves in a louche sunshiney jumble of warm distortion and casual vocals. There aren’t many big surprises on here and they’re unlikely to convert many newcomers but if you’re already a fan of their stoned transmissions then this’ll put a great big smile on your face.
9/10 Mushroomhead Customer review, 12th December 2013
Exactly what the bloke above said...only I give it a 9!!
7/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 14th November 2013
Back to Land: perfect music for a long journey by motorway - those miles will slip effortlessly, painlessly, past your consciousness and into a hazy memory. I don't reckon these lads break into much of a sweat when performing live, although the quality of their tuneful togetherness of purpose is very tight. Like a favourite pair of sneakers whose comfort and fitness for purpose can always be relied upon, the solid well-crafted hulls of wooden shjips marks well the band's contribution to the murky waters of 2013.
Yes it's slick, yes it's smooth, and yes it's predictably safe stuff. The bass doth boom, the organ doth trill, and the guitar doth spike the tune with sweet clear counter melodies as axes have from the beginning of super-group time... and happily, yes, the vocals are still as undecipherable as ever. This album is certainly their brightest sounding to date, as is flagged up by the swirly mint-green vinyl when pulled from the acid art-house colourings of a shiny retro-psychedelia pull-out gatefold sleeve that lurks within a plain white cardboard outer cover, that comes replete with cut-out viewing holes. Would it be disingenuous of me to say that the art-work is the best thing about the album? On balance, yes; it probably would.
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