New Roman Times - Camper Van Beethoven
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  • Summary: A concept album set in an alternate version of the U.S. where the states are actually countries, 'New Roman Times' marks the first studio album in 15 years for the newly-reunited California band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 83
    A sweetly embittered geopolitical epic. [Dec 2004, p.124]
  2. 80
    The band's trademark cracked songcraft... is here in spades. [Nov 2004, p.99]
  3. Camper's new work is not only as strong as ever, but also more relevant than ever before.
  4. 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.
  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. 30
    Fails on multiple fronts. [Dec 2004, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6