Wood/Water - The Promise Ring
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  • Summary: The fourth album from the Milwaukee emo band is their first with veteran producer Stephen Street, who gives the album a more expansive sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. For all the divergent stylistic ground Wood/Water covers, nothing seems forced, signaling that the changes in the group's sound have come on their own terms and are not simply change for change's sake.
  2. The high point of the band's career.
  3. 80
    The subtle, heartfelt results may not help them shed the "emo" tag, but should propel them beyond cult status. [Apr/May 2002, p.116]
  4. 70
    The gentle spectres of Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith are always near, but [Davey] Von Bohlen's mix of bleary wonder and self-deprecation is charming, and his grasp of melody sure. [Jun 2002, p.122]
  5. A glossy, major-label-sounding record that’s dull, atmospheric, frustrating, and beautiful in pretty much equal amounts.
  6. In the main this is a richly rewarding collection of lovingly realised songs. [June 2002, p.121]
  7. Feels more like failed market research than soul searching.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7