Once We Were Trees

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2001
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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4

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  1. KentM
    May 6, 2002
    3
    This album has the most laughably dopey, the most absurdly inane, gooey, dimwitted lyrics that it's truly a shame it wasn't an instrumental effort - for, in that regard, it's really rather respectable (and let it be known I feel the first BS release was downright fantastic). What? Was this secretly penned by Hallmark Greetings Int'l? Sub-pop paired them up with Black This album has the most laughably dopey, the most absurdly inane, gooey, dimwitted lyrics that it's truly a shame it wasn't an instrumental effort - for, in that regard, it's really rather respectable (and let it be known I feel the first BS release was downright fantastic). What? Was this secretly penned by Hallmark Greetings Int'l? Sub-pop paired them up with Black Crowes as well for the tour. Regardless of one's opinion per Black Crowes, I would hardly think "Dude, they're both full-on, full-time stoners...so it fits" is a worthy reason to piggyback on an already established fan base. It's simply too difficult to listen to such spoken gook. But in the album's defense, the last track (title track) is top-notch all around. Luckily, it's available as a single from the Spanish indie label HoustonParty. I highly advise picking that up. Not Once We Were Trees. Expand

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Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The Beachwood Sparks balance deft restraint with hot guitar licks, making Once We Were Trees the best Byrds album since Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
  2. By scaling warm guitar lines, keen melodies, and a valuable sense of history, these Sparks continue to fly.
  3. Beachwood Sparks do their Sixties So-Cal thing so well, you kind of wish they'd stick with it and leave the genre blending and apocalyptic disillusionment to Radiohead.