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La Costa Perdida
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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!
Hearing the advance release of "Northern California Girls," however, dampened my spirits. That song is over 7 minutes long here and it immediately strikes me as the worst thing I've heard from CVB. But, my fears were overcome upon playing the album (alas!).
The album starts with the mellow "Come Down the Coast," which is a really nice track, though perhaps seems out of place as an album opener for CVB. I think it's a really great David Lowery song, though.
The two high points on this album are "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" and "Summer Days." "Someday..." seems to bear a strong imprint, musically, from Jonathan Segel. His violin is lovely here, and I wouldn't be surprised if he was also playing the guitar here. David's vocal fits well with the track and the song has a sort of ominous tone. It's an immediate classic, for me.
Even better is "Summer Days," which musically sounds more like Greg Lisher and Victor Krummenacher are incorporating their Monks of Doom style playing, with Jonathan Segel making another fine entry on violin. This song really rocks.
Some other comments: "Too High For the Love In" is fun.Read more ›
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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 17 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 on May 31, 2014 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