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Music review: Camper Van Beethoven 'La Costa Perdida'

Camper Van Beethoven's new album is an eccentric, dark and light delight.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: February 1, 2013

The proceedings abruptly brighten with the double-time, Celtic- and country-flavored reel called “Peaches in the Summertime,” then turn dreamy with the acoustic-electric ode to “Northern California Girls,” with its sunny lyrical portrait of going “barefoot on the beaches” and teaching the kids “how to surf and play baseball” under deep blue skies.

And so it goes from dark to light, as is the way with so many of this schizophrenic assemblage's works. Most of CBV's albums are uneven at best, and don't go down as smoothly as the music of Cracker, which is Lowery's more mainstream, alt-country-oriented outfit. But every Camper package contains its share of happy surprises.

— Gene Triplett