Track This: Camper Van Beethoven's "Too High for the Love-In"
The band's knack for clever instrumentation are juxtaposed as always perfectly against Lowery's lyrics that shift between the mundane and the absurd. The band, as always, efficiently mines bizarre material. When the song shifts to a bridge and the music swells, Lowery sings, "flying ambulance" before the track slows down to a near waltz tempo and he sings "Bring to me the anti-venom and make me a sandwich." These absurdities can only be found on CVB albums. The band is getting better and weirder with age. Although the music is often more straightforward as it heads into Cracker territory, the track is tight and fun. The band might not gain that many new fans, but "Too High for the Love-in" and La Costa Perdida show they aren't going anywhere. Old fans, the curious, and Cracker fans who only know CVB as that "Take the Skinheads Bowling" band will enjoy the craft and wit they bring to each new release. New Roman Times was a sleeper record in 2004, leaving many of us wanting more. La Costa Perdida will surely do the same in 2013.
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