The Wooden Shjips stumped up the cash for a proper studio which means they no longer sound like a bunch of hippies from San Francisco. A bit of a let down for their sixth album.
Compared with their previous six albums, ‘Back To Land’ occasionally feels a bit like Wooden Shjips lite. For starters, someone’s stumped up the cash for a proper studio, which means that they no longer sound like a bunch of hippies from San Francisco recording Stooges jams on a four-track during a night on the brown. This, unfortunately, spoils things a bit. Opening track ‘Back To Land’ wouldn’t be out of place at an Eric Clapton gig, closer ‘Everybody Knows’ is dreary, and ‘These Shadows’ could be a Mazzy Star throwaway. The rest, however, is gold: ‘Ghouls’ is pure psychedelic aggression, ‘In The Roses’
is a proper glam stomper and ‘Other Stars’ features riffs worthy of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi.