La Costa Perdida - Camper Van Beethoven
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  • Summary: The first album in eight years for the alternative rock band was self-produced and influenced by their California roots.
  • Record Label: 429 Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, American Underground
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    72
    Overall La Costa Perdida goes down easy--maybe a little too easy.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    La Costa Perdida brings them full circle, back to their Californian roots. [Feb 2013, p.80]
  3. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    If you get past the fact that CBV aren’t trying to be radical or cutting edge, or even particularly contemporary, you’ll find a pleasantly undemanding, chilled-out record that’s the perfect soundtrack for all those warm summer evenings we’re crossing our fingers for at the moment.
  4. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    All in all, this is a well-written, smartly paced, tightly played, thematically cohesive, musically tidy piece of work. It's just that quite a lot of Camper fans probably never considered those qualities to be particularly appealing virtues.
  5. 60
    As ever, it's an eclectic mix of styles.
  6. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    Depending on your predilection, it will either bore the crap out of you, pass on by like a rest stop without a vending machine, or reignite the flame for a band that has always celebrated, as Lowery sings on 1989's "All Her Favorite Fruit," the "fecundity of life and love."
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    40
    The bigger problem is an overall lack of energy; there are only so many mid-tempo middle-of-the-road psych-pop songs you can listen to before starting to watch the clock.

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