New Roman Times - Camper Van Beethoven
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Unfortunately, these high points are surrounded by plenty of semi-coherent nonsense about the wanderings of their fictional protagonist soldier boy.
  2. Camper's new work is not only as strong as ever, but also more relevant than ever before.
  3. In a way CVB's New Roman Times is on par career-wise with Rush's 2112 - well, minus the klezmer anyway.
  4. Camper Van Beethoven have pulled off the difficult trick of not only reuniting, but picking up exactly where they had left off.
  5. While the dizzying mix of musical styles and absurdist lyrics is still there, Camper are a much more skilled, mature band.
  6. An entertaining mishmash of off-kilter, raw and psychedelia-tinged rockers, jazz fusion-like instrumentals, gypsy-styled dance tracks and country hoedowns and pedal-steel twang.
  7. Despite some failures on the story-telling side, New Roman Times is a fantastic disc if you already happen to be a Camper Van Beethoven fan.
  8. As drama, it poses no threat to King Lear or even Quadrophrenia, but it makes for an unpredictable record that unmistakably operates in the proud tradition of CVB's past work.
  9. 80
    The band's trademark cracked songcraft... is here in spades. [Nov 2004, p.99]
  10. 70
    Moves seamlessly from ironic cock-rock and steel guitar-kissed hymns to crisply melodic pop and full-on hippie freakouts. [Oct 2004, p.116]
  11. There's too much instrumental cleverness to get to grips with the theme. [Nov 2004, p.118]
  12. 30
    Fails on multiple fronts. [Dec 2004, p.116]
  13. 83
    A sweetly embittered geopolitical epic. [Dec 2004, p.124]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. debh
    Feb 18, 2005
    10
    I had no doubts when I first heard that Camper came out with a new recording. Thinking what of how they sounded, and played, when I last saw I had no doubts when I first heard that Camper came out with a new recording. Thinking what of how they sounded, and played, when I last saw them ...... oh so many years ago . I was impressed then, and I am impressed now. Thank you gentlemen for this recording. I am one happy Hippy Chick Full Review »
  2. kattlb
    Dec 2, 2004
    9
    a really smart spin on what the world has become
  3. jamesw
    Nov 16, 2004
    7
    I won't waste your time commenting on how some reviewers think CVB are the next savior or something and picking apart every little spec I won't waste your time commenting on how some reviewers think CVB are the next savior or something and picking apart every little spec of inference or meaning from all things Camper(Cracker, Monks, etc). I like Camper and I like this record. It is a few steps away from a classic, but pretty good. I saw them play live, with loaned equipment and was impressed. I had seen them before(5 times) and this show ranks right up there. I look forward to more aggressive, provoking records. Full Review »