The Boston Phoenix: Their sixth full-length, Sun & Shade is among their strongest, continuing to take poppy folk songs, soak them with sunny West Coast psychedelia, and bend them with the band's idiosyncratic take on ambient sound.
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Consequence of Sound: The tape hiss and low-rent production cast behind singer/guitarist Jeremy Earl's swallowed falsetto often served as the primary definition of Woods. And while there's still a sense of DIY sound on Sun and Shade, the focus of the music has a much more communal feel.
Spin: [O]n the band's sixth album, they're most comfortable in the spot where Guided by Voices ("Any Other Day") bump into the Kinks ("What Faces the Sheet") -- slightly psychedelic and frequently sticky, breezily charming and pleasantly woozy.
Pitchfork: In whatever mode they're working, the take-away is that Woods are good at all these sounds, and they seem to be striving to get even better. Despite their ultra-slack style and prodigious output, nothing about them says "half-assed," so it's another year, another fine Woods album.
Sun and Shade is out now via Woodsist. Woods are scheduled to play The Rhythm Room on Wednesday, August 3.