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The Tarnished Gold by Beachwood Sparks
Released: Jun 2012
Label: Sub Pop Records
This band's brand of earthy, sunshine-soaked Cosmic American Music was ahead of its time back at the start of the new millennium, but after two attempts to woo the masses, the L.A. quartet broke up. Nearly a dozen years later, they're back with their harmony-laced grooviness intact, capturing the warm, gentle breezes of Laurel Canyon in three-minute bursts. The joyous "Sparks Fly Again" sounds like The Partridge Family meeting The Allman Brothers on the road; "Forget the Song," with its bendy slide guitars and soft vocals, is a tranquil slice of heaven.
Linda Ryan

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