Miles Kurosky's Beulah, hailing from San Francisco
and featuring trumpeter Bill Swan and keyboardists Bill Evans and Pat Noel,
play simple, semi-orchestral pop songs harking back to the catchy, ebullient
Sixties tunes of the West Coast.
The limit of Handsome Western States (Elephant 6, 1997) is that it is
awfuly derivative, but that is also the secret appeal of
Disco The Secretaries Blues and Maroon Bible.
Emma Blowgun's Last Stand and Score From Augusta
are the standouts on
When Your Heartstrings Break (Sugar Free, 1999).
Popular Mechanics For Lovers was the single from the inferior
The Coast is Never Clear (Velocette, 2001).
Even in the crowded field of mediocre and predictable pop songs, boasting inept
lyrics and dejavu melodies, Yoko (Velocette, 2003) comes through
as a bad idea gone worse.
Except for a couple of singalongs (Landslide Baby, My Side of the City), the idea was to show a mature songwriter, whether with the
(relatively speaking) pensive A Man Like Me or the
(relatively speaking) philosophical
Me and Jesus Don't Talk Anymore and Wipe Those Prints and Run,
but Kurosky is simply not a mature songwriter, and now he's also lost his
instinct for the stately melody.
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