City Sun Eater In The River of Light is the ninth LP by Woods, the American alt-folk-rock troupe with a psychedelic, even jazzy approach to their sound. As only their second recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, the sound is crisp and clear, but not lacking in the oddness either. The album is available on whatever format best takes your fancy: CD, cassette tape, or gatefold-packaged LP. On Woodsist.
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I bought the last Woods album because it came out on tape and I have a tape player in my car. Simple. It turns out that I quite enjoyed bits of it. Here is their new one and I’m slightly concerned about the opening track ’Sun City Creeps ‘ sounding rather like …um….Sting. It has all the cod reggae and although singer Jeremy Earl’s high pitched squeak is still intact it sounds rather odd. I suppose you could compare this to the Bees…or indeed Sting. It’s kind of sunny day fusion and I don’t know what to make of it.
I always had Woods down as a jangling psych-ey band but over the first two tracks they come across more mid-afternoon-at-a-festival-good-time-head-nodders. I do wish that Earl could sometimes not sing in falsetto - he’s just like Leee John out of Imagination - but that’s his style I guess so I should just stop fretting about it. Woods albums always take a while to get under your craw and I’ve enjoyed their albums mostly when I’ve been subjected too them unwillingly and they have time to grow without me noticing they are on. It’s not really until ‘Morning Light' that I find something to really enjoy here - it has gorgeous steel guitars that sound like sun dappling on a midwestern lake as finally the sound of ‘With Light and With Love’ is recreated. The album starts to hit it’s stride on ‘Can’t See It All’ which again has a reggae lollop with a great slice of organ, by this point I can pretty much confidently confirm that their gentle psych rock of your has been replaced by a hazy stoned summery sound that at it's most bland sits just…just on the right side of Bob Marley.
This Stax mixed with Trojan influenced sound is most effective when they are matched with killer songs…and there are the usual smattering of great tracks here. It’s a steady and consistent effort - I’m not convinced that the production here has helped though but as with Woods previous works only time will tell.
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