Wednesday, May 30 2012
It used to be that the coming of summer meant that the album release schedule was on its way to a vacation until the fall. That’s definitely not the case this month.
Wednesday, January 8 2014
Despite some solid moments, the interest in Desert Skies, Beachwood Sparks' long hidden debut, is mostly about setting context for later, far better albums.
Tuesday, June 26 2012
Beachwood Sparks are back after a decade, with The Tarnished Gold, which resumes as if no time had passed, a fitting statement for a band that recreates the sounds from a bygone era, when psychedelia and country music cross-pollinated at the end of the ‘60s.
Tuesday, September 17 2002
What could have been an attempt at seamlessness, sounded instead like perpetually lost momentum. Here's to hoping the next release stakes out bolder ground.
Wednesday, November 14 2001
Whether cultivating slow, tender blooms of sound, romanced with wistful narratives of loss and regeneration, or just disposing a reverberant stream of white noise, tonight the Sparks are never less than masterly.
Monday, October 8 2001
Beachwood Sparks is a California band; it is the Byrds and the Beach Boys, Love and Buffalo Springfield, the Minutemen and Rank and File. Country-rock or alt-country might be the easiest tags to hang round the band's neck, but it doesn't follow the rules of that genre or any other, it offers more than any pigeonhole could hold.