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Yoko

BeulahAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Velocette
  • ASIN: B0000C05MQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although Beulah usually gets lumped in with Elephant Six outfits like Neutral Milk Hotel or fellow California smartasses such as Pavement, the San Francisco band’s fourth album is more like a cross between the tart pop of New Pornographers and the studio-tan ambition of Wilco. As with the band’s previous albums of low-fi pop, singer-guitarist Miles Kurosky’s melodies are reliably sweet, but there’s a stronger undertow of melancholy to the lyrics and the arrangements are sometimes rougher, lesser accommodating. The keyboards of Pats Abernathy and Noel play a particularly prominent role, and so does the trumpet of Bill Swan. Oh, there’s still plenty of guitar from Kursosky and Swan--angular and agitated when it isn’t sweet as a pedal steel in heaven. And, rare among indie-rock rhythm sections, bassist Eli Crews and drummer Danny Sullivan actually know how to find and ride some interesting grooves. Yoko may be not quite be the career-defining album that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was for Wilco, but it’s a major step forward for a band still restlessly defining its own sound. --Keith Moerer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beulah's last is at least a marvelous goodbye June 30, 2005
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Sadly, unless Miles Kurosky and the other members of Beulah decide to reform at some point, this is the last Beulah album that we are going to get. At least we have the consolation that the band left us with three exceedingly good albums. Critical opinion seems to divide over which of the three is their finest. If one prefers the horns and intricate use of strings and other instruments, one will tend to prefer WHEN YOUR HEARTSTRINGS BREAK and THE COAST IS NEVER CLEAR, probably with a nod towards the former. As much as I like those two albums, I prefer the slightly sparer sound of YOKO. Although I never find the arrangements on those two albums distracting or overwhelming (indeed, I find their arrangements to always be restrained and exceedingly apt, and definitely one of the highpoints of those two albums), I am at heart a minimalist and gravitate towards smaller line ups and fewer instruments. For me, less is always more. So on a purely personal level, YOKO is just naturally the kind of album that is more likely to appeal to me.

Interestingly, though they have cut way back on the horns and strings and back up vocalists and musicians, the album feels more plugged in than the previous two efforts. On several cuts like "Landslide Baby" or "My Side of the City" there is an intensity that one rarely finds on the earlier albums. Not that the lyrical delicacy that is one of the hallmarks of the band is missing. There are numerous lo-fi gems on the album, such as "You're Only King Once," which even reintroduces the strings and horns that typify the earlier discs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh "Yoko" October 17, 2004
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At least Beulah's swan song was a good one. The Elephant 6 band recently played their farewell show in New York, but their farewell album "Yoko" came out a year before. Steeped in sadness and the feeling of breaking up, this album seems a fitting finale, if not the best they ever did.

A hostile edge enters with songs like rocker "My Side of the City," and the bitter "Landslide Baby" ("It's a lie, it's a cop-out and I know you know I know why/you won't try, cause you're scared and you're weak") while "Fooled with the Wrong Guy" is panoramic pop. "Me and Jesus Don't Talk Anymore" is a plaintive, almost schizo song that sweeps from fuzzy to melodic, but the finale is somehow the most touching part -- a gradual wind-down to just the bare basics of music.

Around the time "Yoko" was recorded, three band members divorced and vocalist Miles Kurosky broke up with his longtime girlfriend. So the sound is completely different from "The Coast is Never Clear" -- where that album was bright, this one is dark, pensive and shedding a tear or two in the middle of the night.

The sound is less 60s pop, and more an autumnal, Kurosky and Bill Swan provide some solid guitarwork, alternately sweet and spiky. Swan's brass accompaniment is also followed by some solid keyboard, bass and interesting drums. A lot of passion seems to be poured into the music, as if the band is experiencing a bit of a catharsis.

Those who hate emo, be warned -- Kurosky borders on emo at times in this album, as he bleeds his heart's blood all over the songs. "Try wasting all your days/on a man/a man like me," he warns his nameless lover, before pleading, "Smile, please smile/I just want you happy" and "I've got the biggest heart/you've ever torn apart."

Beulah's fourth album not only heralded the breakups of marriages and relationships, but later the band as well. But at least they left us a depressingly beautiful finale in "Yoko."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchdown! September 23, 2003
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Simply put, this is the Beulah record for all the non-Beulah fans out there. I'll admit that I've never been much of a Beulah fan before this record, and I'll also admit that pop music isn't really my bag. I'm basically more of a Mogwai, Sigur Ros kind of guy. With that said, Beulah's last three records never really made much of an impression on me. Hence, I was totally thrown for a loop when my friend played me the beginning of "Hovering." Wow. This isn't the Beulah I remember. Reverb? Bowed guitar? Ambience? Space? When did this happen? Well, it doesn't stop there...the bookends are utter perfection. Track #1 sounds like Radiohead Britpop tune with angular and cutting guitars that still manage to float and soar. With track #10 you get shades of Pink Floyd and early Neil Young and hints at jazz over some of the most emotional and raw vocals I've heard in a long time. Absolutely mindblowing. While I'm not yet ready to call myself a pop lover, I do think I'm going to buy some of their older records and see if I've missed anything over the past few years. If they're as good as YOKO my top ten list for 2003 is going to be all about Beulah.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Sad That I'm Goin' July 18, 2004
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The best record by one of the most underappreciated and underrated indie bands of the last ten years. Perfect from start to finish, no filler to speak of. I'm sad to say it's the last Beulah record that will ever be made. At least they left us with this beautiful record. Thank you Beulah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2003's Best January 27, 2004
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I love this band more than any other. Basically I've grown up with them all the way from Handsome Western States to Yoko. I've gone through college, fell in love, had my heart broken, got my first job, got fired from my first job, got drunk, woke up hungover, took roadtrips and sat staring at the wall...all to the mighty sounds of Beulah. That may mean very little to the potential Beulah consumer or fan but I'm afraid it's all I got. The music speaks for itself. It's beautiful and intricate. It's rockin' and mellow. It's classic but still totally fresh and inventive. Yes, it's one part Beach Boys, one part Pavement, one part Beatles, one part Wilco etc., but in the end it's all parts good. They've never let me down like other bands. They always surprise me and they always exceed my expectations. I can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Man!
This is a fantastic album and a fitting end of the Beulah era. Even better if you can track down the demo version of the album online or through a local indie store. Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by B. L. Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Best upbeat pop album about breaking up
Brilliant album that I never tire of. Bouncy poppy songs about the end of a relationship. Probably a better breakup album than Blood on the Tracks. If you don't own it, buy it now.
Published on September 17, 2010 by Chris Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars "These things don't last forever." - Miles Kurosky
"Yoko" by Beulah is an album you can not put down. It was given to me by a friend with an endearing message, "This is my favorite band and whenever I am sad or lost in life, I... Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by A. Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it over and over and over and over until you understand it
This is a beautiful and complicated album. Each song stands out and there are no introductory or gateway songs (as in The Coast is Never Clear). Read more
Published on August 29, 2005 by Hemingway Hater
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional album
Really, others here might diagram this album track by track.

Let me say that it's simply one of the best albums I've ever wrapped my ears upon, and it makes me mourn for... Read more
Published on June 25, 2005 by James L. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh, this is true expression
While I don't really like the complete feeling pervading this album since is it is predominantly sullen, I feel that it's an honest and natural expression. Read more
Published on May 18, 2005 by alex bushman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant pop masterpiece
This album has some of the best melodies, hands down, I have ever heard. seriously folks. And I've heard most of the best pop music ever made (Beatles, Beach Boys, The Byrds, The... Read more
Published on May 16, 2005 by Vinny Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Just one more album
First off, i'd like to say that Beulah does not belong with Elephant 6. They had one album with them in 98. I find them above any band from Elephant 6. Read more
Published on February 19, 2005 by Caats
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Farewell
This is a lovely album by the now extant Beulah. "Yoko" serves as both a testement to the band members failed personal relationships, and the bands own untimely demise. Read more
Published on February 17, 2005 by jbitzenh
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not their best, but it still kicks everyone else's asses
hey my friend got me hooked on this band and so i have all their major records and a few of their singles. Read more
Published on July 2, 2004 by Andy Williamson
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