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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2009
Love it that bands can still sound like this. Was loitering in Fopp records looking for a bargain when this came on. First track had me hooked. Motorbike comes on like the late lamented Loop: a grinding riff, inaudible vocals and lovely, sinuous guitar layered over the top. Stunning. For So Long sounds like Down by the River era Neil Young and Fallin' starts almost like a pop song, driven by Suicide style organ. Nothing original here but Wooden Shjips innovate as well as imitate and wear a huge range of influences well (the aforementioned bands, 'Kraut Rock' etc). If you are a fan of psychedelic rock or liked the heavier 'shoegaze' bands in the late 80s you will be playing this for weeks.
I can't wait to get into their back catalogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2009
With great enthusiasm I ordered "Dos" just to find more fantastic psyche-trancerock from Wooden Shjips! As previous recordings they maintain the concept of few,but long pieces of music. Some tracks show their "quest for the golden guitar riff",( not in the macho rock'n'roll way )but the psychedelic noise is tuned down a little bit. They can be described as a cross between Hawkwind,Neu/kraut,early Pink Floyd (and a touch of Doors-vocal style would some people say) ,but maintain both old and new (postrock?)impulses. W.S.is certainly no copyist band,always having their peculiar sound. As with the two other cd's "Dos" left me wanting more desperately,but that's the way it is with delicatessen ,isn't it? Buy the comp cd and their first album too! Exquisite!!!
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on 16 October 2013
This is a gripping record, no sticky gum just great guitar rifts with bass lines to die for, play it loud with a glass or two of jack Daniels, love to see this band on "from the basement" , come on someone book them !
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on 28 January 2014
Great band I have just discovered. Have boghjt half of there back catalogue now. I hope to see some upcoming UK tours! Reminds me of some of the prog/pshyc rock of the seventies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This band have put the music of Velvet Underground and The Doors into the 20th century great album.Buy it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2010
Ignore all the stuff trying to slot this band in with trance-rock, Stockhausen, psychedelic-garage, Jim Morrison, etc. This is quite simply how great rock sounds now - or should do.

Let's get to the Knubb. If you're old enough you will know there was a time when great rock meant great guitarists - that is guitarists as in musicians. Hendrix, Santana, Jeff Beck (still going strong) and so on. New Wave (bless) killed all that - dead.

But good style never dies as Wooden Shjips's Ripley Johnson single-handedly shows. A uniquely great musician who can do what only Hendrix and Jeff Beck have ever done before - absolutely control his instrument at the highest and densest of volumes - as well as the lowest.

But this is never a one man show. It's a band. Nash Whalen plays an organ that rocks like 96 Tears - an old fashioned organ not a synth. Drummer, Omar Ahsanuddin, lays down the tightest solidest groove imaginable. Does that guy deserve a medal for utter consistency? And if you like a bass player where you can follow the notes, Dusty Jermier is your man.

Song writing has become anthemic these days from the best (Arcade Fire) to the worst (Coldplay), a flaw no one could hang on the Shjips. The songs are almost not there. They are just something to hang the other stuff on. In spite of that the more you listen the more you appreciate Johnson's vocals and minimalist songs are integral to the sound

There is nothing retro about this music. In fact, it feels like the future. And nothing that has happened in any music in the last ten, twenty, thirty or fifty years is not felt here

The last two albums are equally great. You need both.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2009
This is the best album the Wooden Shjips have produced so far.
Unlike on previous albums where some tracks are a bit hit and miss, all of the songs that feature on this long player are gems.
God i love this kind of music, and if you do to - or think you might if your in the right "state of mind" - then buy this.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2010
I bought this album on the strength of the reviews above and others I'd read in the rock press. Maybe I'm missing something, but this album, while pleasant enough is really not that great shakes. Most of the tracks sound like the playouts or middle sections from truly great 'psychedelic' albums from the last, er, 40 years, such as the Velvet Undergound's 1969 or, the Rain Parade's debut. This is really nothing more than jolly background music while doing cooking or household chores. Nothing wrong with that, but still...
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