Woods, 'Sun and Shade' (Woodsist)

Sun and Shade
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Label: Woodsist

by Josh Modell

These Brooklyn folk rockers, whose leader, Jeremy Earl, runs the label that sorta bears their name, have tended to bounce from style to style over their numerous releases. But on the band's sixth album, they're most comfortable in the spot where Guided by Voices ("Any Other Day") bump into ?the Kinks ("What Faces ?the Sheet") -- slightly psychedelic and frequently sticky, breezily charming and pleasantly woozy. Unfortunately, when they wander into their hippie navels for instrumental zone-outs ("Sol Y Sombra"), Sun stops dead.

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