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Promise Ring
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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4th full length from the popular band, produced by Stephen Street, who is known fro his work with The Smiths, Blur & The Cranberries. For fans of Jayhawk & Wilco. 2002.


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All Artists: Promise Ring
Title: Wood/Water
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Anti
Original Release Date: 1/1/2002
Re-Release Date: 4/23/2002
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 045778661725, 8714092661729


Album Description
4th full length from the popular band, produced by Stephen Street, who is known fro his work with The Smiths, Blur & The Cranberries. For fans of Jayhawk & Wilco. 2002.

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The Promise Ring grows up
indiemom | Midwest, USA | 05/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sometime in the last few years an amazing thing happened to me. I woke up to find myself married and with a small child. To my surprise and utter horror, I grew up. This has been a difficult thing to reconcile with my musical tastes. I have found many of the bands I had love affairs with are no longer relevant to my life. Its hard for me to connect to a band of 30 year old men singing about going on first dates or young girls and boys whining about getting dumped. I am far from that place. Just when I thought I was truly relegated to alt country alone, this album comes my way. All the old feelings of love and affection I have had toward the Promise Ring are renewed in an album that sounds like it was written and performed by someone my age for someone my age! As I expected to read, they are getting a lot of flack from the fans. Don't believe a word of it. Wood/Water is a beautifully constructed album. This album is filled with the wonderfully familiar and comfortable Davey von Bohlen lyrics I grew up to. Stop Playing Guitar is a introspective song about taking stock of your accomplishments and appreciating your surroundings. My Life Is At Home is a subtle love song that never fails to make me think of my husband and daughter. To sum it up, Wood/Water is the soundtrack to a gorgeous Spring Saturday afternoon."
Incredible Musical Adventure
B. Brewton | 08/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I cannot believe how many negative reviews I have read about this album, arguably one of the best emo albums of all-time. The Promise Ring broke up because of people who just couldn't accept their change in sound. This entire album came about from their lead singer being diagnosed with brain cancer, overcoming the cancer, and then feeling more introspective with his songwriting. These songs reflect a range of emotions, from actualizing your own death to cherishing every second of life. The lyrics are amazing, the orchestration is miraculous, and WOOD/WATER is an amazing album."
I was skeptical, but it's a great album...
B. Brewton | 09/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I respect the Promise Ring for making a concerted effort to remove themselves from the current "emo" sound. Most bands would attribute this to "maturing" or "evolving". To me, when a band says they've matured or evolved it's usually a bad thing. The Get Up Kids for instance, just stopped rocking. They don't sound like the band I was into 5 years ago. But the 'Ring embraced change, stated that and didn't try to tiptoe around it.
That being said, the album is full of great "rock" songs...most are mellow and chill. It's literally like they went from little hyper-happy kids to chilled out happy grownups. Granted it's not *exactly* like their old stuff, but take it on it's own--it's a great album."