Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Van Beethoven
Camper once again wrestles with the space between the Woodstock generation's dreams and its soundtrack.
Alternative music has always had a difficult relationship with classic rock, and most of Camper Van Beethoven's third album is a wrestling match with the Woodstock generation's dreams and soundtrack. Highlights: multiple Led Zep jokes, a sardonic recitative called "Peace & Love" and a Pink Floyd cover that dissolves into entropic noise over the course of eight minutes. CVB, however, was also very much a California band, dancing in the trash-strewn wake of punk rock and Reagan-era politics. The group's best records ran on the friction between singer David Lowery's deadpan jokes and violinist Jonathan Segel's woozy Eastern European folk-inflected melodies, and this one's got their funniest and most plangent moments.