Quite simply, this album is one of the most beautiful collection of tunes that I've ever come across. Their strongest, and very sadly, their last album, this is a (conscious) step away from the sun drenched harmonies of their previous offerings. Whilst this may initially come as something of a disappointment, repeated listens reveal an album honed to near perfection; hardly a note is wasted and the superb production reveals ever deeper layers of detail. The fact that this band were never massive is, frankly, criminal. Not one person who I've introduced them to has failed to fall for their charms. So, do yourself a favour and buy this (and their entire back catalogue) now - and keep your eyes open for the upcoming solo project by the lead singer, Miles Kurosky.
It's all in the title...It all makes sense...honest. The bitterness, the anger, the reflection, the forgiveness. It's all here and more. With almost the entire band going through relationship break-ups the mood is set for Beulah's last hurrah. As much as i love "When..." and "Coast..." this to me is their best album. Maybe it's the more direct lyrics that seem to stand out than their previous albums and give it a more emotional connection. With the added lack of success what we are left with is one hurt band. With previous efforts i have used the musical signposts Pavement mixed with the Beatles and Beach Boys. Grandaddy and Wilco can now be added to the sonic receipe that is Beulah if you want to. I don't anymore. They are simply now Beulah to me. A good band is easy to kill...
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