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Boomkat Product Review:
The fourth full-length album by Woods arrives as a far less lo-fi set of recordings than the noisy cassette outings of old, giving a clearer platform for the band's discombobulated Americana. The wonky falsetto, wailing, interlocking guitars and general sense of psych-rock classicism brings to mind Matt Valentine & Erika Elder's output - a parallel underlined somewhat by the Woods version of Graham Nash's 'Military Madness', whose brilliant rawness recalls the MV & EE take on 'Powderfinger' by Nash's sometime bandmate Neil Young (the influence of whom can be heard far and wide across Songs Of Shame). The compositions here are generally fairly concise, with the likes of 'The Number' evoking a ramshackle combination of '70s West Coast goodness and Dinosaur Jr., and any extrovert guitar solos feel like an integral part of the song. There's only one truly outlandish jam moment on the album: the nine-minute plus 'September With Pete', featuring Pete Nolan of Magik Markers. Given the number of short, succinct exchanges that surround it, this piece never feels like an exercise in indulgence but rather a neat pace-breaking device and an enjoyable wig-out to boot. A very fine album indeed. Recommended.