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  • Summary: The latest release for James Jackson Toth's Wooden Wand features contributions from Jim Becker, Jim Elkington, Darin Gray, Kyle Hamlett, Glenn Kotche, Seth Murphy, Ryan Norris, Zak Riles, Nathan Salsburg, Luke Schneider and Josh Wright.
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  • Record Label: Three Lobed
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Mexican Coke
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 19, 2017
    Clipper Ship feels like a standalone statement, one of powerful simplicity and masterful control. In stripping away almost everything, Toth's songs reveal cores of sometimes blinding beauty and unsettling honesty.
  2. May 25, 2017
    A sea change for Toth with its altered origin and minimalist compositions, Clipper Ship is an opus of restraint. Without a doubt a Wooden Wand album, its players are given the freedom to explore; Toth’s innate gift of melody remains, as does is his understanding of the human condition.
  3. Magnet
    May 19, 2017
    Toth's spare lines still keep you listening and wondering, reeling you in to music that starts out gently lyrical and ends up as immersive as the sea. [No. 142, p.61]
  4. Uncut
    May 19, 2017
    For the first time, Toth wrote the melodies before the lyrics, the result is a set of lush, free-born soundscapes, yet without any diminution in his narrative powers. [Jul 2017, p.40]
  5. Jul 24, 2017
    Though only seven songs long, at least two--“Mallow T’Ward the River” and “One Can Only Love”--offer multiple movements that provide opportunity to explore more exotic environs.
  6. May 19, 2017
    Musically there's little to get excited about, and little to draw complaint either.