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Coast Is Never Clear

BeulahAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Velocette
  • ASIN: B00005O6D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On The Coast Is Never Clear, the difficult third-album syndrome only affected San Franciscan pop dreamers Beulah in the studio, where the band came to blows over, say, the importance of a diminished seventh on a trumpet solo. From such a roughneck recording environment, however, comes perfection on their third album, where expansive, multi-instrumental, orchestral pop is underpinned by the sweetest tunes. This album could be precious--and in lesser hands it surely would be--but at the core of Beulah's ambitious vision a pure pop heart beats. Special mention must be made of "Silver Lining," a paean to songwriter Miles Kurosky's first love, punk rock. Introduced by a fanfare of horns, the track races along propelled by a fiery guitar riff and the beaten-up joy of being scarred by punk. A bittersweet, sumptuous, and utterly compulsive collection, all told. --Ben Clancy

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Pop Bands Around! January 8, 2002
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The Coast is Never Clear is one solid piece of work. So solid that even the bad songs are good. For those of you who weren't fans before this record, you really should give the band another chance becuase it's quite obvious that they have no intention of repeating themselves. As some of you know "Handsome Western States" was lo-fi, sloppy and oddly charming in an out of tune sort of way, and "Heartstrings" of course was the sweet, bubbly, orchestrated indie breakthrough a couple years ago. This record, however, keeps those same hooks and melodies intact but overall has a darker and more mellow agenda ie. they've grown up. These days Beulah is more like Wilco than the Apples in Stereo, which is a good thing in my opinion. The lyrics are amazing as usual, except this time they're far more emotional and less Pavementy. The instrumentation is fabulous, and if you use headphones you'll find yourself hearing new things for months to come. Overall it's just a really gorgeous and rewarding album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Of Beulah's four albums, three of them are flat out great. THE COAST IS NEVER CLEAR is the second of the three, not departing too far from the excellence of their previous gem WHEN YOUR HEARTSTRINGS BREAK. Both albums are full of luscious pop songs, driven by great hooks and frequently astonishing arrangements. Some of the sounds they employ in their songs are stunning and completely unexpected, but almost always delightful and gorgeous. For instance, in "Gene Autry," when bells are used in the bridge to the chorus and in the chorus itself. Bells? Beulah on both COAST and HEARTSTRINGS reminds me of the Beatles or perhaps Sam Phillips on her MARTINIS AND BIKINIS (produced by her husband T-Bone Burnett) in the way they manage to use a host of unexpected sounds and musical instruments to take the music to the next level. The result is a persistently surprising musical texture.

And the horns! On YOKO they would jettison the horns (though the music would be no less delightful despite that), but on this one Beulah continued to be one of the few great rock bands to successfully integrate horns into a band. A Chicago band (albeit via Austin, Texas), Poi Dog Pondering, somewhat resembled Beulah in having a very large and fluid membership (both bands at time could boast nearly twenty members) as well as a crack brass ensemble, but for my taste Poi Dog never quite matched Beulah in the quality of their songs.

The one dissonant note on the album is that the weakest number of the disc, the perplexing "Hello Resolven," starts things off. But once past that weak cut, it is one superb pop tune after another. Highlights include the stellar "A Good Man is Easy to Kill," which later inspired the title of the film made of their farewell tour, A GOOD BAND IS EASY TO KILL.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Soon Is Now August 19, 2002
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Beulah does not, has not, and will probably never sound like the Beach Boys. In fact, any comparsion to the Beach Boys is unfair and misguided, not only to the Beach Boys, but also to Beulah. With that said, if you're looking for a retro inspired Pet Sounds wannabe pop album, look elsewhere. While Beulah is definitely influenced by the Beach Boys, they do not live in the sixties and are definitely linked more to the early 90's indie sounds of Pavement, GBV, Superchunk, Treepeople, and Archers of Loaf. What makes them unique then, is their ability to keep indie rock alive by infusing new elements such as horns, strings, keyboards, asian instrumentation, touches of jazz, bossanova, country etc. to a genre that had only known fuzzy guitars and odd tunings. This is what makes Beulah remarkable. They are in essence a garage band playing orchestrated indie rock.
The songs on "Coast" are first rate, but if I had to highlight one thing on this record it would be the production. Put on your headphones and listen. For each song every verse, chorus, and bridge is like a mini song all by itself. Instruments cut in and out throughout the record seemlessly. At first it seems so organic and natural that you don't realize how much care and effort went into each part. This band did not just go into a studio and start jamming. So much is going on in every song it's hard to believe they were able to pull it off. Most bands have trouble making sure the drums don't overpower the bass and the vocals don't kill the guitar melodies. With Beulah, strings run into horns, harmonies glide over pianos, vibes race past pedal steel guitars and sitars, and it all sounds like it was meant to go together. To oversimplify, they sound like a band.
To repeat, ignore the Beach Boys comparisons, forget the sixties, and just listen. The future is now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Summer Music to Get Drunk To December 13, 2001
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I was a little disappointed by this record at first, but I confess that it really grew on me. I'm a big fan of "Heartstrings," and while the highs on this album don't reach the heights of that one, this is a fun, smooth ride.
The sound here is a little more familiar, and I confess that part of my disappointment stems from the absence of Robert Schneider's flair for creating pop chamber pieces that made "Heartstrings" sound so different and novel. But this is a warmer album, no doubt, which goes down easier. It doesn't find that perfect groove until the awesome (and too-short) boogie-woogie trumpet break on "Night is the Day Turned Inside Out," but there's lots of fun stuff along the way. "Gene Autry" has a galloping infectiousness that makes it hard not to sing along. "What Will You Do When Your Suntan Fades?" has lovely, bittersweet lilt to it, and the soaring guitar arcs of "Gravity's Bringing Us Down" have an unlikely (for this band) arena-rock heft to them. (...) Miles Kurosky's lyrics are clearer than ever before, which is basically a good thing. 75% of them are very clever, and the other 25% are too clever by half. But the good ones are wonderful. "I don't love you to death, but I'd die if you left," he sings on "Night is the Day..." and every time I hear it, I think, damn... wish I'd written it.
The sound is sweet, the sentiments bittersweet. Come late August, I'll be sitting on my deck, watching the sun set through the haze of my third gin & tonic, and this'll be the album I'll have on the stereo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Surprise
With over 2,000 albums I am not an easy man to impress. I may even go as far to suggest that I am a jaded old fart of a music fan. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
If you like any Beulah, you'll love this. The songs are great individually. The pacing and combination as an album is about as close to perfect as you can get.
Published on March 18, 2011 by Doctor Spaceman
5.0 out of 5 stars Barely a classic indie pop album - except for 2 songs, though, it's...
Beulah's "The Coast Is Never Clear" has two notable genre classics, but the rest of the album can't compete with them (they are "A Good Man Is Easy To Kill" and "Gene Autry"... Read more
Published on January 5, 2006 by C. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent recording
I've only recently gotten into this group, starting with this recording. Stated plainly, it's great! Read more
Published on December 30, 2005 by Ludwig J. Pluralist
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not world shaking
After all the hype about this being shimmering pop with shades of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bacharach, and Herb Alpert I came into this with pretty big expectations. Read more
Published on May 25, 2005 by Greg Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pop!
At first spin, Beulah's Coast is Never Clear is off putting for a few reasons. If you've found Beulah, you are likely a punk/alt fan of some stripe and have come to expect great... Read more
Published on April 8, 2005 by Ronald Battista
5.0 out of 5 stars baroque pop at it's best
Having picked this up on a lark, i was quite pleasantly surprised with the result. Beulah is a breath of fresh air in a sea of Strokes clones and pseudo tough boybands. Read more
Published on January 23, 2005 by elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have to say that until a couple weeks ago I had no idea who this band was, but my friend introduced me to them and now I'm hooked. Read more
Published on January 4, 2005 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars All the more precious, now that the band have disbanded..
Beulah - "The Coast is never clear" (indie Pop, Indie Rock) : I'll be the first to admit in this review, that I bought this Cd, purely on the tons of positive reviews that I'd read... Read more
Published on October 19, 2004 by fetish_2000
4.0 out of 5 stars "Coast" is worth sailing for
This is a coast that should definitely be sailed down. Elephant 6 band Beulah is in fine form in their third album "Coast is Never Clear," exploring new turf while never straying... Read more
Published on August 27, 2004 by E. A Solinas
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