Once We Were Trees - Beachwood Sparks
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  • Summary: Los Angeles-based alt-country outfit Beachwood Sparks return with a second album for Sub Pop. The disc includes a cover of Sade's "By Your Side."
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. The SoCal indie cowboys deliver an album completely displaying musical, songwriting, and repertory growth from their critically acclaimed self-titled debut.
  2. Their four-way harmonies soar to meet that now-familiar, West Coast country jangle, tart pop songs blending into a deep, rich mulch out of which melodies grow like wildflowers.
  3. 80
    More coherent, conceptual, and organic than their eponymous British Invasion-influenced debut. [Dec 2001, p.154]
  4. Get past that intentional AM-radio blur and you hear a rich album full of texture and subtlety.... Thing is, as good as this is, it could be better.
  5. The Beachwood Sparks balance deft restraint with hot guitar licks, making Once We Were Trees the best Byrds album since Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
  6. 70
    The Sparks take the nascent country rock of their obvious influence and extraploate every last ounce of plangent guitar chime and yearing vocal polyphony until they ring afresh. [Nov 2001, p.100]
  7. Unlike, say, fellow old-time Americana acolytes Mercury Rev, Beachwood Sparks lack sufficient melodic brio and steadfastly refuse to make any concessions to 21st century life. [Nov 2001, p.116]

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. MikH
    Jan 19, 2005
    7
    Give Once We Were Trees time and you'll discover some very beautiful moments both lyrically and musically. While the album consists of the bands lethargic experimental alt country style combined with more upbeat psychedelic work outs, the album as a whole doesn Expand

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