With Light and With Love

  • Record Label: Woodsist
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. Apr 20, 2014
    10
    I came home with this new Woods CD - a band I have never heard of before which is strange because I really "dig" and search for new music and not just listen to what most people are fed on the radio - after reading good reviews for it on this site and on Pitchfork and sampling the songs on iTunes, I decided to pick it up today at Reckless Records (Chicago/London). I put it on when I gotI came home with this new Woods CD - a band I have never heard of before which is strange because I really "dig" and search for new music and not just listen to what most people are fed on the radio - after reading good reviews for it on this site and on Pitchfork and sampling the songs on iTunes, I decided to pick it up today at Reckless Records (Chicago/London). I put it on when I got home, and having already read comparisons to George Harrison (among others) on the Reckless site, and my roomie comes out and says "Is that George Harrison?!" There are a few places on the album where the music, esp. the guitars sound a lot like how Harrison played the guitar. Woods singer, Jeremy Earl, has a peaceful, pleasant high-pitched voice which goes well with the beautiful melodies and existential poetic lyrics. I wish it had come with a lyric book, however, because this album really has songs that stay with you, and you're still humming them after you listen. It sorta reminds me of Real Estate's new album "Atlas" but I like this Woods album much better because it goes in more different directions. They're really do not have all that much of a unique sound, but I can honestly say I do not have another album in my collection that sounds like it or makes me feel the way I do when listening to it. I totally intend to turn my friends and family on to this album and band. The only downside is that I wish it was at least 10 minutes longer. Expand
  2. May 11, 2014
    7
    A very interesting album. It has great music that is diverse in style. Some tracks aren't so great (Twin Steps, Only the Lonely), but are still okay. The vocal performance and Jeremy Earl's voice are serene, and they go well with the existential lyrics.

    My favorite tracks are: "Shining", "Moving to the Left", "New Light", and "Leaves Like Grass".
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 29, 2014
    60
    On the whole, Woods have produced an inviting, communal listen seemingly designed to soundtrack lazy summer afternoons.
  2. May 9, 2014
    80
    Next to the digitized, future-slicked sounds of other latter-day psych totems such as Lonerism or Merriweather Post Pavilion, it feels like a reverent, immersive ramble through the corridors of lysergic pop history.
  3. May 1, 2014
    67
    A few moments of woozy, crystal-strewn guitar, and we're right back where we left them.