- Bend Beyond

Woods - Bend Beyond
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Rank: #71 / 880
USER SCORE
77
Based on
26 ratings

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100
A.V. Club

Woods works well to find the right space for each instrument, maintaining the balance between accuracy and capriciousness that continues to define the band.

81
Pitchfork

Woods' greatest strength has always been songwriting, and sharpening the focus and cleaning up the production has only enhanced the band's welcoming melodies.

80
Consequence of Sound

Woods hit upon some of their clearest depictions of dark emotions on Bend Beyond, while simultaneously offering an escape in the emotive beauty of their music.

80
No Ripcord

Bend Beyond displays the continuation of these experiments, but in a much more focused and fruitful direction.

77
Beats Per Minute

You’ll find records this year of greater agency, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that renders pleasure with such poignant lightness, control, and willful attention to difference.

75
The 405

Although it isn't as radical a change as some might claim, this is the sound of an invigorated band, breathing new life into traditional rock and pop structures and pushing those boundaries as they do it.

70
NME

‘Bend Beyond’ survives this shift away from the comfort of soft focus by virtue of its precise songcraft.

70
PopMatters

Bend Beyond however, peaks with intense bursts of energy, elevating this once stoner-friendly three-piece into a strange new world. 

60
Drowned in Sound

As a whole, Bend Beyond is as full and broad as Woods have ever sounded. 

SiberianBreaks
74
These throwback, folk-pop songs might feel a bit safe for Woods, but in the end, great songwriting and consistency always win.

Favourite tracks: Find Them Empty, Size Meets the Sound, Something Surreal
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Added on: June 19, 2012