Back To Land [VINYL]
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Vinyl LP pressing.2013 release. Back To Land, the quartet s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core. There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of Ruins to the languidly compelling guitar solos of Servants. The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.
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However, the music contained is less 'Zep' and more 'Hawkwind'/Kraut-rock influenced. From the first track it is evident that the production here is clearer and sharper, the individual instruments and vocals far more distinct. There is less of the (admittedly quite satisfying) sludgy mashed up sound of the earlier albums. The material is, I feel, also generally more structured and melodic, lighter in tone, and has become more similar to Ripley's other venture, Moon Duo. I do particularly love the first (title) track, and there is nothing on here that I do not like. I am certain that fans of earlier albums will appreciate this collection, unless you have a particular affection for the more murky production.
Their best collection yet.
i heard it by wandering into the oldest record shop in the world (cardiff) as it was playing. liked what i heard and subsequently bought a copy from the great staff there. i love the happy accidents like this.
this album is very polished and apparently written and recorded in just 11 days. the immediate sound reminded me of the drones of the band Suicide, the space of Hawkwind and a whole host of experimental psychedelia thrown in for the mix.
the album is relatively short with only 8 songs/sounds. nevertheless those 8 will make an impact. immediate listening will draw you to repeat play.
it pays to visit your local independent record shop i have found out. i have missed doing such a thing as there is no choice in Swansea. really! naming no names. this is why i have chosen to find things far cheaper online than be ripped off anymore.
so all in all this was such a lucky find for me. i would highly recommend you searching for selected songs via a search engine check, take a listen and get yourself a copy. to own the physical copy and its artwork is well worth it.
i hope this review will prompt people to check this album out.
The CD sleeve is all paper (card). No plastic, which is a good thing imo however the inner sleeve is difficult to remove from the outer sleeve. A minor frustration................................No, actually it's B***dy annoying.
Whoops, forgot to say, there's lots of mighty fine guitar contributions by Ripley Johnson.
More musical and with more distinct 'songs' than their previous outings, without loosing their very distinctive vibe.
As others have said it's 'cleaner' and 'crisper' and, if you like your rock on the psychedelic side, well worth a listen if you're not already a fan.
Fans of Danielle Dax, Laurie Anderson, and maybe even Pink Floyd, should dip a toe on land.
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A fine recording! Love the album sleeve design. Quality pressing too.Published 19 months ago by T.BHALLA
FOR AN AMAZING CROSS BETWEEN VELVET UNDERGROUND, M.B.V. AND HAWKWIND, JUST LISTEN TO THE BEST BAND TO COME OUT IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.Published on 28 May 2014 by Martin
This has been on my virtual turntable since I got it. It will stay there til the Black Keys release another album!Published on 24 Mar. 2014 by Jeremy P Ward
I'm in my 60's and this took me back to the Seventies, with a current day edge to it.
Enjoy, cheers Mike.
Only to Funsm or who is looking for something good to listen or to be the first WS record, ok, it will work, but who knows the band, it soinds like other records!!!Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by Frank Bozic Jr.