With Light and With Love

Woods - With Light and With Love
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Ratings: #211 / 845
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2014 Ratings: #191
April 15, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

On With Light and With Love, Woods once again prove that they can casually strike the perfect balance between imaginative pop confections and untethered psychedelic jams. 

80
AllMusic

The album is easily the most solid offering from the Woods camp to date, besting even the production of its incredibly strong predecessor and presenting the songs with even more clarity and interesting choices than ever before.

80
NME

It sparkles with the light and love mentioned in the album title, lending the 10 songs the lackadaisical summer vibe of the Berkeley Street hippies in ’60s San Francisco

80
Spin

With Light and With Love sounds bigger, though, more accessible, conceived with an ear toward top-down, tear-out-of-town FM anthems of summers past.

80
PopMatters

With Light and With Love continues both the consistency and the progress forward. It is, first and foremost, the band’s most cleanly produced record to date, and the brittle edges of their sound melt sweetly as a result. 

79
Pitchfork

“Breakthrough”, “masterpiece”, “bold leap”—those aren’t words that really seem applicable to With Light and With Love, or Woods for that matter, but they’re allowing themselves to be extremely likable for a larger crowd.

78
Paste

Even the most drawn-out, mind-bending stretches on the album serve a purpose, managing to avoid sounding like sonic filler. 

70
The 405

As this year's laid-back, folk-tinged efforts go so far, Woods haven't quite packed the sort of emotional punch that, say, Beck did on Morning Phase, but they have provided further evidence that they're slowly emerging as masters of their mellow-pop craft.

70
Exclaim!

As good as this album is — seriously, give these guys props for their staggering consistency — there's still the nagging feeling that we've heard all of this before.

60
The Skinny

With Light And With Love is their mellowest effort yet, layered with Hammond organs and rolling guitar licks.

60
DIY

'With Light And With Love' drifts between delightfully joyful and inconsolably disconsolate, with rewarding results on both ends of the spectrum.

CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
tha138
65
Nostalgic folk-rock mellow and outdated.
Is it 1968?
IFM
77
It’s unlikely Woods will ever make a poor album. On a near yearly basis we’re treated with another tuneful release from the Brooklyn four-piece, almost all equally good. Even if they cleaned up notably since the early lo-fi days, they’ve never steered far from the initial path. And although it’s easy to write them off as a band favoring consistency over change, every album leaves its own unique imprint if you give them enough time and dedication. Woods found their sound ... read more
snarekickblues
74
Best Track: Shining, Moving To The Left, New Light, or Full Moon
Worst Track: Shepherd
Most Overrated Track: Leaves Like Glass
Most Underrated Track: Feather Man
HazeyJane
80
Fresh, light and unpretentious. An awesome album for this Spring.
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Track List

  1. Shepherd
  2. Shining
  3. With Light and With Love
  4. Moving to the Left
  5. New Light
  6. Leaves Like Glass
  7. Twin Steps
  8. Full Moon
  9. Only the Lonely
  10. Feather Man
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