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Album 12 of 500: Beulah – The Coast Is Never Clear

April 24, 2010

BAND: BEULAH
ALBUM: THE COAST IS NEVER CLEAR
LABEL: Velocette Records
RELEASE DATE: Sept 11th 2001

What does one think of when they think of sunny California, for me, Beulah comes to mind. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, fronted by Miles Kurosky, Beulah reaches out to the style of the Beach Boys with a hint of fellow acts such as the Apples in Stereo. Beulah is indie pop at its finest. The Coast is Never Clear is the 2001 follow up to Beulah’s second album, When Your Heart Strings Break. Happy go lucky indie pop. Not quite. Beulah songs sound happy, but the lyrics are grim, disturbing and heartbreaking. “A Good Man is Easy To Kill” is a perfect example. “When you flew through that windshield/And your life passed reel to reel/Was there a big part for me?” So happy sounding, but such dark lyrics. “Hey Brother,” tells a story about a woman getting pregnant and the guy runs, “You said you were late, and I planned my escape/Such a happy thing/Just another one of my mistakes”.  This is an album that screams of heartache, breakup and just giving up on everything. “Popular Mechanics for Lovers” is about a jealous ex,  with the best lyrics on the album, “You’re so bitter, you think he’s sweet.”  The best song on the album goes to, “Gravity is Bringing us Down,” a song about finding a rebound, “Hey I’m on the rebound/watch me fall at the speed of sound ” and ending the song with the lyrics, “Lonely/I’m just lonely”.   An album for the broken hearted, The Coast is Never Clear is so bitter, its sweet.

RM CRESSER © 2010 500 Rad Records

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