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
  1. andrewt
    Jul 17, 2005
    this is probably one of my favorite discs of all time... i don't understand how anyone would like it... very good songcrafting and every song is not only listenable, but catchy and thought-provoking. crititics mystify me sometimes. Collapse
  2. JonathanH.
    Apr 29, 2002
    this is probably the best album to date......no, not just by the promise ring. ever. it just brings so much emotion (and i'm not just playin' on the emo tag) to the listener, and not just happy/sad stuff. it helps me cope, and relive things. this is a great album to just lie down and fall asleep to, or to put on in the car and cruise. amazing is all i have to say. Expand
  3. JimmyH.
    Jul 25, 2002
    I can't stop listening to this beautiful record. New to the band, I immediately checked out a previous cd, but the new sound is infinitely better; slower, quieter, more reflective, with much more expressive vocals and arrangements, but it still rocks. Expand
  4. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    I think this is their best effort since Nothing Feels Good. It sounds entirely different than any of their previous efforts. The lyrics are top-notch. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Apr 26, 2002
    At first I wasn't sure if I liked this album because it is so different from anything they've done before. After a couple listens, however, I was hooked. TPR has evolved and it will be interesting to see if their fans are willing to also. Expand

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