Types Of Wood - Whirlwind Heat
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  • Summary: The spastic, Michigan electro-rock trio returns with a second, slightly more accessible, full-length.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. So unashamedly beaming with the spirit of 1991 that it should be wearing a flannel shirt and a woozy expression. [22 Apr 2006, p.41]
  2. The band's anti-everything style can get annoying if you don't have the patience for heavy doses of idiosyncrasy in your rock. [Jul 2006, p.204]
  3. 50
    Too much of Wood lumbers on and on and on... [May 2006, p.95]
  4. Even when not exciting, the band was at least always interesting, but tracks like “Slugger” and “Umbrella People” conjure up the one word that Whirlwind Heat would never seem to encompass: dull.
  5. 40
    The emotional distance in their music is hard to bridge. [Jun 2006, p.126]
  6. Whirlwind Heat does nothing to disprove the argument that this recent flock of slinky, neo-post-punk bands aren't doing anything Gang of Four did much better a quarter century ago.
  7. An album of repetitive, insipid riffs: eleven tracks flakier than chippings and more irritating to your facial passages than toxic MDF sawdust.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. CooperC
    Jun 21, 2006
    I'm afraid that people are looking much deeper into Whirlwind Heat than is needed. They are a fun band with fun music that is fun to listen to. It's obvious that they aren't The White Stripes' long lost twin as most hoped they would become, but instead, it's damn near impossible to find a band that vaguely resembles Whirlwind Heat and manages to pull it off like they do. While "Types of Wood" is completely different (and a bit weaker) than their last release "Do Rabbits Wonder," it still manages to pack a punch that is hard to find these days in music. Key Tracks: Slugger, Umbrella People Expand
  2. EMS
    Jul 8, 2006
    "Do Rabbits Wonder?" was truly a waste of everyone's time. Is this album weaker? You bet!! I had to satisfy my sick curiosity by listening to it in a music store. I stopped halfway. How does a band like Whirlwind Heat get well known? A famous friend and that's all. Out of all of the unsigned, unknown bands I've seen live, even the worst of them deserve more exposure than this pathetic try hard trio. Seeing them support the White Stripes I was sickened by their pretension and lack of talent. Expand