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  • Summary: The San Francisco group's fourth album is its darkest in mood so far, perhaps a result of several changes in band membership since 2001's 'The Coast Is Never Clear.'
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Beulah have somehow blended the sounds their last three albums, each a significant achievement on its own, into one career-spanning epic, completely worthy of their reputation; any small ways in which their past work has seemed lacking, superficial, or scatterbrained is gone, and only the best points remain.
  2. A switch in approach and sound definitely worked for them, and fans shouldn't be put off by Beulah's toughened confidence.
  3. Alternative Press
    90
    A melodic masterpiece of regret. [Oct 2003, p.122]
  4. When Yoko isn't channeling Wilco, it calls to mind another giant on the American indie rock scene: Spoon.
  5. Where Kurosky's fiercely sardonic lyrics were once couched in soaring trumpet lines and glorious powerpop hooks, now they bristle against grumbling electronics, sliding discordant chords and drunken, hazy horns.
  6. Yoko is a much, much darker record than anything else in Beulah's canon.
  7. Under The Radar
    60
    Yoko isn't exactly what fans of the first three albums might be expecting, but it's still a Beulah album. [#5, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. gregoryv
    Mar 30, 2004
    10
    If making four critically acclaimed albums and becoming one of the most respected and adored indie bands in America is embarrassing, then If making four critically acclaimed albums and becoming one of the most respected and adored indie bands in America is embarrassing, then keep making fools of yourselves boys! Just like all the others...beautiful from start to finish. In my humble opinion, their best work to date. Expand
  2. gregoryv
    Mar 30, 2004
    10
    If making four critically acclaimed albums and becoming one of the most respected and adored indie bands in America is embarrassing, then If making four critically acclaimed albums and becoming one of the most respected and adored indie bands in America is embarrassing, then keep making fools of yourselves boys! Just like all the others...beautiful from start to finish. In my humble opinion, their best work to date. Expand
  3. jjay
    Mar 7, 2005
    10
    One of my favorite albums ever. Its a modern masterpiece that I rank up there with Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica. So terribly One of my favorite albums ever. Its a modern masterpiece that I rank up there with Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica. So terribly overlooked, will it ever get the respect it deserves? Expand
  4. sarahs
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    my favorite of all their records. it's been in constant rotation for almost a year.
  5. MaryU
    Oct 12, 2004
    10
    Great lyrics, wonderful melodies, interesting instrumentation, superb album.
  6. KilgoreTrout
    Jan 30, 2005
    10
    A very impressive swan song for the band (no pun intended). Really hated to see these guys call it a day. So, so sad that the realities of A very impressive swan song for the band (no pun intended). Really hated to see these guys call it a day. So, so sad that the realities of modern (& NorCal) life make it so hard for anyone with true talent to make ends meet. P.S. buy the Demo of this album as well; just as awesome. Expand
  7. GaborA
    Mar 1, 2004
    3
    The group skims the frosting off of the cake and becomes aware that the base, their ability to play music, is not there. Darker, just as bad, The group skims the frosting off of the cake and becomes aware that the base, their ability to play music, is not there. Darker, just as bad, hopefully a wake up call to stop embarrasing themselves. Expand

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