City Sun Eater in the River Of Light
Woods - City Sun Eater in the River Of Light
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Rank: #221 / 722
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

The group’s studio expertise soars to new heights on City. And while the songwriting may skew generic, tracks like “The Take” are spiced up with trumpet fanfares, syncopated percussion grooves, thumping bass and distorted guitar riffs — there’s a lot to digest.

80
AllMusic

The chances they take and the choices they make might leave their more conservative fans behind. Still, anyone willing to make the leap with the band will find that the adventurousness and exploration displayed by all involved pay off with yet another impressive Woods album to add to their collection.

80
Sputnikmusic

Woods have refined their sound a good deal on their latest effort, but without sacrificing their exceptional songwriting and knack for thriving melodies.

80
Under The Radar

Woods have never sounded more like a fully-functioning unit. Every single layer here swims together to create an unceasingly fluid song cycle of ebb-and-flow paranoia and pleasure.

80
Loud and Quiet

From the breezy horns and soft bustle that adorn opener ‘Sun City Creeps’, it’s comforting to realise Woods haven’t abandoned the rustic mellowness that suits them so well.

80
Drowned in Sound

Worst album title of the year? Easily. But City Sun Eater in the River of Light is also one of 2016’s most interesting and restrained records so far.

76
Pitchfork

City Sun Eater isn’t a complete reinvention ... it’s largely rooted in the same '60s pop and druggy Americana that’s defined all the band's records—but periodic shadings of reggae give the record a character of its own. 

75
The Line of Best Fit

Going the high fidelity route was definitely a risk this far into Woods’ existence, but the band never fully embraced the lo-fi label, and City Sun Eater proves that everything about them sounds just as strong with or without the fuzz.

70
The Needle Drop
The latest Woods album is another modest step forward for the band, as well as one of their catchiest and most well-produced efforts yet.
67
Consequence of Sound

City Sun Eater in the River of Light is a worthy representation of how far Woods have come, but it might also be their first album to tread this trajectory backwards a couple of steps.

60
PopMatters

There are glimpses of risk here and there on City Sun Eater but a few more curveballs could really be the remedy that brings home a larger reward.

Dec 10, 2016
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Morning Light, Hollow Home, Politics of Free
May 31, 2016
71
Psychedelic folk? Never heard of that shit, but sound fun. I’m glad I found this record because it’s always great to try new genres, however, I must admit that I realized halfway through that this was not my cup of tea. The production is nice, it’s colorful and edgy, it brings a lot of elements that surprise and engage the listener. The vocals are made for this sound, they represent exactly what Psychedelic music means. I think the fans of this band will enjoy this a lot, but ... read more
Apr 28, 2016
noonoo97
75
Interesting experimental folk album good moments throughout but feel like the album can just blur into each other.
Apr 15, 2016
sourcherry24
90
Chill record.
Apr 12, 2016
Sinestroll
90
★★★★★: Sun City Creeps • Creature Comfort • Can't See at All • The Other Side
MISC LISTS
#27/Drift Records
Track List
  1. Sun City Creeps
  2. Creature Comfort
  3. Morning Light
  4. Can't See at All
  5. Hang It on Your Wall
  6. The Take
  7. I See in the Dark
  8. Politics of Free
  9. The Other Side
  10. Hollow Home


Added on: January 12, 2016