Back to Land

Wooden Shjips - Back to Land
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #547 / 955
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
November 12, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

Their strengths lie within rocky, repetitive grooves and guitar wizardry, with Johnson’s own appearance aptly resembling that of a wizard. 

80
Sputnikmusic

The importance of Back To Land lies in that Wooden Shjips came up with a differentiated way of expression with respect to their past work, while conforming fully to the strict directives the band identifies with.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Back to Land, then: business as usual, but the business remains good.

70
AllMusic

The overall pace, sequence, and vibe of Back to Land finds the Shjips teetering on the edge of classic rock mania with enough restraint to keep things minimal, mystical, and interesting throughout.

70
Under The Radar

This stuff is resolutely free of any post-punk geometry, blazing along less self-consciously and more indebted elsewhere: Northern Cali's long psychedelic history, everywhere else's long psychedelic history, or Neil Young at his most burnt-out

70
NME

Compared with their previous six albums, ‘Back To Land’ occasionally feels a bit like Wooden Shjips lite.

40
DIY

‘Back To Land’ doesn’t do enough to grab attention. It’s satisfying and completely listenable, bar for the weight of repetition, but all too often lacks definition and most importantly purpose.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#67/musicOMH

Track List

  1. Back to Land
  2. Ruins
  3. Ghouls
  4. These Shadows
  5. In the Roses
  6. Other Stars
  7. Servants
  8. Everybody Knows
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