El Camino Real - Camper Van Beethoven
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  • Summary: While 2013's La Costa Perdida was influenced by Northern California, this follow-up/companion album for the indie rock band is rooted in Southern California.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    70
    Yes, the stories told inside can be geographically specific, but the themes of work, joy, paranoia and peace are universal ones. Camper Van Beethoven, in their newfound maturity, addresses them all in a musical manner that reminds you that no one else sounds quite like them. Even still today.
  2. Jun 18, 2014
    70
    El Camino Real will tickle most--if not all--longtime Camper Van Beethoven fans, and might even attract a few new ones. [No. 110, p.53]
  3. 67
    A few missteps aside, El Camino Real continues to affirm that Camper Van Beethoven are far more than just a potential answer to a Before & After puzzle on Wheel of Fortune.
  4. Jun 4, 2014
    60
    It doesn't take long to notice that the men of Camper Van Beethoven were having a lot more fun up north, while El Camino Real finds them playing with a technical skill that puts their early classics to shame but sounding curiously short on the joy and spontaneity that were once this band's trademark.
  5. 50
    Existing fans won’t be terribly disappointed since there are just enough high points spread throughout the 11 songs to keep the faith. But even they might agree this is far from the act’s best work and even a few notches below its more creatively stimulating predecessor.
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    40
    While La Costa Perdida was worth the wait, El Camino Real leaves the listener having enjoyed the trip, but glad to be getting home.