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WOODS (Buy CDs by this artist)
It's Like This (Twin\Tone) 1987

Like the Georgia Satellites, North Carolina's Woods are terminal fans of early Rod Stewart. (In fact, Satellite singer Dan Baird — who guest guitars on one cut here — tarried with the then-Woodpeckers before hitting platinum.) Alas, these guys seem to be running on low-octane gas, only occasionally ("Battleship Chains") summoning up the abandon required to raunch out fully. Other times, poppier stuff like "I Don't Want Her (Anymore)," later covered by Marti Jones, veers dangerously close to wimpland. Major curiosity: "Walk," a thinly veiled rewrite of "Maggie May."

[Jon Young]