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It’s unlikely Woods will ever make an unlistenable or bad album, I can’t see it happening. Generally, when reviewing Woods it’s a matter of assessing whether Jeremy Earl and the gang maintain their typically high standards from release to release. I think they go from strength to strength and, though evolution isn’t their strong suit, when it comes to formula refinement they’ve got it going on.
‘With Light And With Love’ is a triumph from start to finish. Earl’s falsetto improves in confidence with each new tune and the balance of tuneful, folksies pop songs and cosmic wig outs is comendable. Title track ‘With Light And With Love’ is typical of everything vital about the band - get a decent tune going then take your time wrapping it up. Get your Neil Young solo’s out. Bliss out. Get some kraut grooves going. You’ve even got room for a brief key change. Fuck it, it’s all good.
So, there’s the bliss-out’s and then there’s the ‘catchy ones’ of which there are plenty. ‘Moving To The Left’ is as good an example as any with it’s lush melodies and brash arrangement. The production improves a little with each release without them resorting to the ‘big studio’ environment and here on ‘Moving to...’ it’s at it’s most effective with a bunch of wild sounds added to the sonic broth working without compromising the ‘tune’.
Before I go I should mention the guest list that includes contributions from Jonathan Rado (who I witnessed buying an EML synth in NYC back in autumn...well jel), Tim Presley of White Fence on slide and Sara Lubelski on Violin. WOODS ALL-STARS KRU.
7/10 Rob Gannon 22nd March 2014
"Everyone’s got a favourite Woods style.Their most popular incarnation though would seem to be circa their gorgeous LP At Echo Lake on which strong 60s melodies were favoured above meandering asides. It’s a similar Woods that we meet today on With Light And With Love - only now with added pedal steel." For the full review see: http://www.sicmagazine.net/7300/woods-with-light-and-love
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