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Says Victor Krummenacher: The coolest part was that everything flowed from the fact that these distinctive musicians and personalities sat in the living room. Our music now sounds like four people are writing it. The songs have great energy, but we re more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident. The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper.
Delightful… It does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed. And it truly is a kick to hear CVB ply its craft with road-tested assurance and subtly virtuosic musicianship. --Pitchfork
For 30 years and counting, Camper Van Beethoven have existed in a parallel-universe borderland, coming across like a punk band perpetually on a Balkan bluegrass bender. But they finally bring it all back home to their native California on 10th album, La Costa Perdida, recalling '60s-vintage West Coast pop filtered through their timeless, idiosyncratic prism. --Spin
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I was hooked. This is world-class music played by an incredibly-versatile group of musicians.
The first time through the CD, I reminded myself of my previous experiences listening to their stuff. The second time through, I began getting into it. Third time through, hooked again. So, upon hearing this CD for the first time, you might shrug your shoulders and say, "Huh?", but give it time. You'll come around.
But first, you gotta buy the CD. I did, and even got a refund of $2.83 from my original pre-order price! Nice!
Now, if I could just get someone to make me a sandwich!
From the opening track "Come Down The Coast" to the album's closer "A Love For All Time," the listener is transported to places warm and familiar. My first listen was under headphones and as the opening track unfolded I found myself laughing out loud. The expansiveness of the songs made me seriously giddy. This was just the starting point for the journey which is the album.
The songwriting is just what you would expect from David Lowery and crew. Exemplary, artful, engaging and heartfelt. The performances are exceptional with each group member laying claim to their signature. Even Crispy Derson makes "Too High For The Love In" his with his unique drumming and signature sound. For some reason Fran Fuanro stayed home while session master Michael Urbano played drums on the album. No matter. Frank will make these songs come alive in performance. Greg Lisher's guitar work is beautiful. Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel (Lowery's foil in CVB) brings forth a wide variety of sounds and textures featuring his sublime guitar work, the ever present violin and some keys too. Victor Krummenacher remains the bands secret weapon adding depth to the entire proceedings. The album is recorded lovingly. Lovely cascades of guitar, vocal harmonies and unknown textures will delight your ears.
Buyers choosing digital formats receive bonus tracks. A plus for you Amazon MP3 buyers and those that choose that other digital retailer.
This is a classic album by a true American treasure. If you haven't seen the band live get yourself out and do so. They are even better in the flesh. I've enjoyed the ride since my first show in 1986 and look forward to the future with CVB.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cracker released a 2 cd set (Berkeley to Bakersfield) and Camper Van Beethoven released this album and "El Camino Real" within a few years of each other. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phil Roberts
The whole album has a quiet, easy-going, & wistful tone throughout, especially the songs "Come Down the Coast," "Too High for the Love-In," "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us," the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by DjC
I have been waiting for this album since "New Roman Times" and it did not disappoint. I am a critical listener, in that I do not celebrate everything my favourite artists release... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Scott Pearce
This is an uneven album. At its best it is "nice," with the sounds helping to evoke the theme of nostalgia/exile for California (and all California symbolizes), something many of... Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Royce P. Grubic