Bend Beyond

Woods - Bend Beyond
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #158 / 1032
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2012 Ratings: #223
September 18, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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. 

dearsongs
81
more 2/3 minute psych pop gems from these prolific folks. Not my favorite album from them, but they are one of my favorites. Always loved "Back to the Stone" & "Impossible Sky"
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Is It Honest?, Cali in a Cup, Bend Beyond
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Track List

  1. Bend Beyond
  2. Cali in a Cup
  3. Is It Honest?
  4. It Ain't Easy
  5. Cascade
  6. Back to the Stone
  7. Find Them Empty
  8. Wind Was the Wine
  9. Lily
  10. Size Meets the Sound
  11. Impossible Sky
  12. Something Surreal
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Added on: June 19, 2012