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Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Camper Van Beethoven
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

OK, so there's no "Where the Hell is Bill" or "Take the Skinheads Bowling" here, but Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart does include the best ode to Patty Hearst in all of pop music: the track "Tanya" (which was Hearst's...  more »

      
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All Artists: Camper Van Beethoven
Title: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 5/24/1988
Re-Release Date: 6/29/1992
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077778605522

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OK, so there's no "Where the Hell is Bill" or "Take the Skinheads Bowling" here, but Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart does include the best ode to Patty Hearst in all of pop music: the track "Tanya" (which was Hearst's SLA moniker) brings together everyone's favorite Camper Van Beethoven elements, from Jonathan Segal's Eastern European-influenced violin work to the acid-etched wit that David Lowery would take with him to his next band, Cracker. From the traditional "O Death" to the uncharacteristically optimistic "She Divines Water" and "Life Is Grand," this 1988 major-label debut from Santa Cruz's premiere ska-polka-surf-Balkan-country-alternative-pop band is more consistent than its indie predecessors, just not as sporadically brilliant. --Bill Forman

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One Of These Days....you will buy this album
Brad | 03/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking to explore some Camper Van Beethoven music for the first time, this is the one album you should buy. And if you are a die hard CVB fan it is certainly one of your favorites. Dark humor, sarcasm, reggae and zydeco inspired electric rock n' roll was never more electic and witty than in Camper Van's hey day. Our Beloved Revolutionary is a sure-fire classic and is always mentioned as a favorite of CVB's following and fans.This album and much of Camper Van's music is timeless, simply unique and enjoyable and it'll make you laugh and still take their musicianship and song writing ability seriously."
Oh our beloved Tania...
Dean Kaplan | Arlington, VA United States | 12/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an unbelievably outstanding album. Collected herein are both the silly oopahs and the melodramatic fiddling of the Russian steppe. It is so eclectic and with so many changes that you will not tire of it quickly. With this album Camper captured a lasting sound for themselves. If you want an entry album for this band, this is it."
The Campers Were Never Better
Jonathan P. Gardner | 10/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart catches the Campers at the height of their powers. The tension between David Lowery's country-rock nihilism and the rest of the band's art-folk nihilism is in perfect balance here, one album before that tension ultimately drove the band apart. They ambitiously weave heavy-metal-style power-guitar solos with precision mandolin work, politics with traditional folk, and even slyly sample Michael Stipe in concert as "She Divines Water" deconstructs itself before its coda. Not their most accessible work--Key Lime Pie would fit that bill--but for the connoisseur of quirky 1980s pop, this is one of the finest works of the decade."