Love Is Love

Woods - Love Is Love
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #629 / 768
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2017 Ratings: #709
April 21, 2017 / Release Date
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It is comfortable territory musically, but here the more important elements are the message, the lyrics, the mood, and the tone of the music.


This latest song cycle reflects the maturing work of an act determinedly young at heart yet gathering their powers nonetheless to confront encroaching terrors.

Drowned in Sound

Love is Love, for what it is, is such a well-composed album, that it feels like it's close to being a band-defining statement given its all too real context in which it exists.


Love Is Love is a thought-provoking, intensely felt album, full of all the warmth, frustration, and alternating bouts of despair and hope that half (or more) of the United States felt at the time the record was recorded.


Filled with warmth, horns, and many messages of love, Woods’ tenth album is a feel-good record for these rough times.

Loud and Quiet

The music itself is beyond Woods’ psych-folk peers, with bold trumpet melodies carrying some songs and all 6 tracks here soaked in melodies that reek of the great American songwriting craft.


In some ways it’s a progression from the last album, parts of it are much more expansive & experimental, which only goes to show that despite them getting close to 10 albums, this is a band that refuses to be typecast or labelled, and most importantly still has a lot to offer.

Fav Tracks: Bleeding Blue, Love Is Love
Written and recorded during the two months following the election, Woods' Love Is Love represents a "meditation on love [and] what life means now." Following 2016's City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the group's tenth studio album serves as an uplifting message, one of reassurance in this time of uncertainty. Exuberant horns provide a sonic lace throughout the album, particularly on "Bleeding Blue" and "Spring Is in the Air," a ten-minute track which leads ... read more
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Year End Lists

#75/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Love Is Love
  2. Bleeding Blue
  3. Lost In a Crowd
  4. Spring Is In the Air
  5. Hit That Drum
  6. Love Is Love (Sun On Time)
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Added on: March 8, 2017