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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the Brooklyn psychedelic folk group is only its second recorded in a real studio.
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Sun City Creeps
The sun city creeps... did you say? "Oh, let it go."? We fall into love... every day... and take as we go? You can turn into town. You can turn day... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. 83
    City Sun Eater in the River of Light is another accomplished album that’s just strong enough to differentiate itself from the pack.
  2. Apr 21, 2016
    80
    City Sun Eater in the River of Light is also one of 2016’s most interesting and restrained records so far.
  3. Apr 7, 2016
    80
    Anyone willing to make the leap with the band will find that the adventurousness and exploration displayed by all involved pay off with yet another impressive Woods album to add to their collection.
  4. Magnet
    Jun 1, 2016
    80
    A comfortable but nonetheless adventurous next step for this secretly brilliant band. [No. 131, p.61]
  5. Apr 28, 2016
    78
    Across a decade and eight LPs, Brooklyn fivepiece Woods have perfected a lo-fi folk prone to spastic jam breakdowns. Ninth offering City Sun Eater in the River of Light now shatters any preconceived notions.
  6. Apr 7, 2016
    76
    All of those tracks work because they’re never played as straight genre experiments; they all sound first and foremost like Woods songs, even when they draw from a different vocabulary than any that came before.
  7. Apr 19, 2016
    60
    There are glimpses of risk here and there on City Sun Eater but a few more curveballs could really be the remedy that brings home a larger reward.

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  1. Nov 29, 2016
    9
    This is a great album, highly underrated. I think this album should broaden their appeal, but doesn't seem to be getting the attention itThis is a great album, highly underrated. I think this album should broaden their appeal, but doesn't seem to be getting the attention it deserves. Pitchfork takes issue with the lead singer, unfairly, in my opinion. Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2016
    9
    Not like Woods ever made crappy music, but this stuff is just plain great.
    "Sun City Creeps" might be one of the best songs of 2016. Worth a
    Not like Woods ever made crappy music, but this stuff is just plain great.
    "Sun City Creeps" might be one of the best songs of 2016. Worth a hundred spins.
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