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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release for the folk rock band was recorded in Stinson Beach, California.
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  1. May 21, 2020
    90
    Strange to Explain sounds like the result of carefully considered choices in songwriting and production. Without losing the unfiltered emotion that makes them so compelling, Woods reach a new maturity with these songs. Fifteen years into a tirelessly curious evolution, the band sound more comfortable and surefooted here than ever before.
  2. May 22, 2020
    80
    The excellent Strange to Explain, acts as a course correction. Where Love Is Love was filled with mantras and positive affirmations, Earl is now quick to admit that wishing away darkness doesn't guarantee its departure.
  3. May 26, 2020
    80
    If you were a fan of their mid-2000’s work, this album would be a very satisfying continuation of their sound while also mixing in enough new ideas for it to be a progressive album for the group.
  4. May 27, 2020
    75
    The record wanders amongst the warm thickets of Woods’ discography like an explorer: coming across new worlds and sensations without judgement or fear, but instead, equipped with an eye for the beautifully difficult—those things in life that test us, that make us pure.
  5. May 27, 2020
    75
    The record represents a roaring comeback for the band at a moment to which their sound is particularly well-suited.
  6. May 28, 2020
    73
    For the most part, the songs are compact, with only the closing instrumental, “Weekend Wind,” passing the six-minute mark. Jeremy Earl’s falsetto is at its most confident and versatile, gliding over tunes that explore the headspace newfound fatherhood has brought him.
  7. May 21, 2020
    50
    This album feels like they need to take another walk in the trees to reconnect with their namesake.

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  1. May 22, 2020
    10
    Fantastic album that lives up to the rest of the discography. They managed to merge what made Sun City great into their their longer, moreFantastic album that lives up to the rest of the discography. They managed to merge what made Sun City great into their their longer, more guitar focused songs and it works very well. It shocks me this band aren't bigger than they are. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2020
    7
    This album sonically is like going outside on an early morning in fall with your sweater on and walking around enjoying the weather and takingThis album sonically is like going outside on an early morning in fall with your sweater on and walking around enjoying the weather and taking in nature. Although in my personal preference, I really like doing this, but I don't love it like others. Maybe this album might grow on me, but for now, some parts of this album don't always click with me right away. But still, when it clicks (which is for most of it) it sounds great, and very hopeful lyrically and sonically. Overall, this is a great listen I would recommend to most, although this won't be everyone's thing. Great album tho

    Review taken from my page on albumoftheyear.org, go follow it if ya want @rileyperreault
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