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Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: San Francisco's Beulah, part of the Elephant 6 collective of indie-pop bands, returns with a follow-up to their well-received 1999 effort 'When Your Heartstrings Break.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Rarely has such a meticulously constructed album sounded so effortless. [21 Sep 2001, p.84]
  2. Perfect pop, pure and simple. [#32, p.58]
  3. One of the best independent rock records of the year. [#11]
  4. There’s more going on here than mere escapist fare.
  5. The Coast is Never Clear's shortcomings fall in Beulah's tendency to recycle the same song and name it something new.... Nonetheless, Beulah is still making some of the most infectious and smart pop songs anywhere in independent rock.
  6. 80
    Uplifting, exuberant gloom. Tremendous. [Oct 2001, p.108]
  7. 50
    The DIY production can smother their delicate melodicism, and those parping horns can sound distinctly cheap and shrill. [Jan 2002, p.131]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. waynek
    Sep 27, 2004
    10
    A brilliant record by a brilliant band. One of the best records of the new millenium.
  2. kateb
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    I don't really keep up on "cool" or "indie" music so much, but I did find this band after I bought the "Garden State" soundtrack and then bought the Shins cd. I went online and noticed a lot of Shins fans like Beulah and hence, I picked this one up. It's glorious. I feel as if I've been let into some secret society. They are my new favorite band and I can't wait til their next one. Expand
  3. WodekS.
    Sep 24, 2001
    10
    I haven't been able to stop dancing since I picked this up. A triumph.
  4. davidp
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    A perfect pop record.
  5. BlairM.
    Oct 16, 2001
    9
    Have yet to hear a song I didn't like by them. One word review: amazing!
  6. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    7
    beulah puts out another album. this one lacks the edge of when heart strings break making the album too sugary sweet to fully digest.
  7. GaborA
    Mar 1, 2004
    2
    The Back Street Boys pick up instruments. So pop infused that the crowd at the seventh grade dance at a girls school would boo them off the stage.

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