If any fan was ever worried about a band changing over time in order to integrate current music industry trends, those furrowed brows need not apply to San Francisco's Wooden Shjips. With the release of its second full-length, Dos, the band continues to maintain a singular approach to scuzzed-up psychedelic rock that not too many other bands can lay claim to.
It's not as if this quartet is made up of the most adept, talented, or original players, but each musician so seamlessly complements the group as a whole that there isn't any way to figure that the band could commit some musical misstep. The only difference on Dos compared to Wooden Shjips' previous releases is the fuller realization of vocals on each one of the five extended tracks. However, since there's no hope of understanding an entire verse from singer and guitarist Ripley Johnson, it almost doesn't matter.
Even as "Down by the Sea" includes the densest section of lyrical content from the slim Wooden Shjips discography, the track soon moves into repetitive psych territory. Wooden Shjips had the misfortune of being labeled a purveyor of kraut rock, but don't confuse this frenetic rock rave-up with some esoteric music. The song and, moreover, this entire disc aren't going to revitalize any branch of rock music, but it could very well be the soundtrack to your next freak-out. (Holy Mountain)
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