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  • Summary: Singer-guitarist Jeremy Earl and his band release their sixth full-length of sunny West Coast pop and folk rock.
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  1. Jun 14, 2011
    90
    Basically, Woods have put it all together on Sun and Shade, matching inspiration with performance and crafting their best record yet, one that will stand with the great folk-psych albums of the past 40 years, from the Notorious Byrd Brothers to the Rain Parade's Emergency Third Rail Power Trip to Either/Or to now.
  2. In the end, Sun And Shade proves far more complex than the label of psych-folk would indicate, to the point that its small flaws are easily forgivable.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    80
    Jeremy Earl's endearing falsetto and excellent songwriting holds it all together. Aug 2011, p.107]
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    79
    Despite their ultra-slack style and prodigious output, nothing about them says "half-assed," so it's another year, another fine Woods album.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    70
    If At Echo Lake hit the jackpot, Sun & Shade is more hit and miss. Still, I wouldn't have it any other way.
  6. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    The prettier recording wraps up songwriting that seems perfunctory and performances that sound tired by comparison to the psychedelic dervishes Woods first appeared as.
  7. Jun 9, 2011
    50
    While At Echo Lake was essentially the same sonic blueprint as its predecessor, the mellower mood here is a marked change from those last two efforts, though it's not always the most successful of shifts. [May 2011, p. 82]

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