Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. Oct 6, 2011
    There are certainly moments of well-crafted, spaced-out music, but West is not as overwhelming as it could be. And to be honest, even after several listens, all the songs in West still sound pretty much the same.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 18, 2011
    More rock music should be this reduced and addictive--but they'll have to think long and hard about self-parody some time soon. [Sep 2011, p.105]
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 16, 2011
    Mission statement from feted San Franciscan droners. [Sept. 2011, p. 119]
  4. Under The Radar
    Aug 16, 2011
    It's difficult to imagine Wooden Shjips recording an album that presents more of a psych rock statement of purpose than West. [Oct. 2011, p. 83]
  5. 60
    The Shjips' mesmeric approach reaches its apogee on "Flight", whose rolling groove is streaked with cascading contrails of echoey, double-tracked space-guitar.
  6. Sep 13, 2011
    What was once an exciting examination of a seldom-explored corner of rock and roll has become a listless, mechanical affair.

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