West - THRILL JOCKEY
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Loren Poin on September 13, 2011
Wooden Shjips are well practiced in the art of turning you on. West is a striking meld of buzzy, fuzzy riff-rock and aquatic reverb overdose, strutting casually around the block on “Crossing” and outrunning the evening surf on “Lazy Bones” and “Looking Out.” All the songs suggest heavy doses of California psychedelia were administered to the band members throughout their lives, and the album’s cover shot of the Golden Gate Bridge confirms the Sonic Boom-produced West as a tribute to this wonderful genre. Take out the organ, slow down the drums and you might confuse a few songs with Bay Area band Sleep’s legendary Dopesmoker album. But it’s the things that prevent easy comparison that make Wooden Shjips the kickass band they are—never ashamed to ride the groove and let the distortion roar, always handy with some sonic magic that compels the listener to follow.