Wooden Shjips - V.
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #631 / 794
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2018 Ratings: #617
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

V is just a little sharper than Wooden Shjips have sounded before, but there’s still something stopping the sun’s rays from hitting the ground as hard as they might.

80
The Guardian
It’s an album of hazy intensity, perfect for these times and this summer.
75
Under The Radar
Wooden Shijps has by all means created a summer record, albeit a record that is as combustible as the atmosphere in which it was written.
73
Pitchfork

The dyed-in-the-wool psych-rock band returns with some of their most accessible songs to date, full of fuzz-pedal jams that capture moments of fleeting happiness in dark days.

70
AllMusic

The result isn't a major departure from what fans of the Shjips have come to expect, as the group will seemingly always stick to a surging, hypnotic brand of Krautrock-inspired minimalism. This time out, however, their sense of optimism is undeniable.

70
Drowned in Sound
Wooden Shjips’ fifth record, like pretty much all their records, is a pleasant, fun listen, perfect for the summer right around the corner as intended. There is a nagging sense with this attempt that they are leaning on their influences even more than usual, however this is also stands as their best-produced and most accessible record, so there is a balance struck.
65
Northern Transmissions

Though it may be a great album to just relax and turn off listening to, it just can’t sustain much more than that.

60
FLOOD Magazine

The Shjips are still deep in that psych headspace—but on V. they’ve expanded, creating trance-like music with classic-rock roots and more wide-open vistas.

58
A.V. Club
The band is proving it can weave real emotion and flair into its spacey jam sessions. Now it just needs to do it more consistently.
50
Exclaim!

V. never rises above space rock, making the album feel like any other '60s hippie/psychedelic record. It's adequate, but when you can easily predict how it's going to play out, you're never left wanting more.

SonicDiscovery
70
Wooden Shjips is a psychedelic rock band from San Fransisco and here they give us with their properly titles fifth album V. The band does a good job of establishing a trippy sound you can get yourself lost in. Some tracks pick up the tempo slightly, but I tended to like it best when they slowed things down. There are vocals throughout, but lyrics are so hard to make out they tend to just blend in with the rest of the music. Nice guitar work can also be made out at times, but mostly rely too ... read more
87
Like this. Bit of Beta Band. Bit of Brian Jonestown Massacre. Tunes.
86
Damned near perfect album, beautiful mellow flow throughout.
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Year End Lists

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Track List

  1. Eclipse
  2. In the Fall
  3. Red Line
  4. Already Gone
  5. Staring At the Sun
  6. Golden Flower
  7. Ride On
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Added on: January 23, 2018