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Album review: Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida (429)


Of late, Camper Van Beethoven songwriter David Lowery has been preoccupied as a rebutter of “freetard” download piracy, so it's good to see him back at the wheel of the CVB RV, bowling along the musical backroads with ramshackle charm.

As ever, it's an eclectic mix of styles: there's Tex-Mex two-step (“La Costa Perdida”), lolloping Allmans-esque boogie (“You Got to Roll”), mutant country ska-punk (“Peaches in the Summertime”), and several shades of sun-baked psychedelic rock streaked with slide guitar and violin –most notably “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out”.

Download: Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out; Northern California Girls