Wooden Wand & The World War IV

The sheer sprawl of James Jackson Toth's discography -- usually released under some iteration of the Wooden Wand moniker -- can be intimidating. Where to begin? I humbly submit that this latest release is a perfect introduction to the wonders of the Wand. Seven tracks fueled by minor key melodies, Crazy Horse distortion and lovely male/female harmonies, it's one of the more powerful rock records of 2013. Toth's band here is on point throughout, loose and spacey one moment, clattering and tense at the . . .

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