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Fade Away

Best Coast

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Album Review

After the release of 2012's The Only Place, Best Coast parted ways with their label, Mexican Summer, and Bethany Cosentino started her own label, Jewel City, to release the Fade Away EP. That is basically the only thing that's changed in the Best Coast camp. The sound is slick and punchy, the songs are straightforward and hooky, and Cosentino's lyrics are slightly awkward but kind of endearingly so. The first two tracks sound the way Blondie would sound in 2013 if they were stoned all the time and saw the sun occasionally, especially the super-catchy "This Lonely Morning," and the rest of the album splits the difference between the Ramones' poppier moments and a slightly less creepily deranged Hole circa Celebrity Skin (especially on the powerful title track). Business as usual, in other words, but business slightly better than on The Only Place. The absence of Jon Brion behind the desk means there are fewer little musical tricks to distract from the songs and a tighter, leaner sound overall. The EP format also serves the band well, since it ends right about the same time the average person's tolerance for Cosentino's endlessly introspective lyrics abruptly gives out. When the EP clicks and the music, words, and playing all get it right, one is reminded of the energy and fun that made the band worth checking out in the beginning.

Customer Reviews

I Don't Know How It Came to This

I love when bands expand their sound or try new things but Best Coast have lost so much of their charm. The singer just kind of sounds like someone at a mall at a singing contest these days. Everything is a belt-out ballad in between adult contemp. and country, lol. I miss the grittiness and playful sounds of their earlier EP's like "The Sun Was High" and "Make You Mine" and the things that made me fall in love with them. Oh well... at least the two albums are great.

Lyrics you can relate to!

Best Coast has done it, again! Like the other reviews say, "they lost their sound". A band can't keep compelling the same sound over and over, again. People will get sick of hearing the same thing on every album. Bethany's lyrics really can relate to you, and I think everyone will miss their old sound. But, it's 2013. They're only getting better at their music. Keep it up, Best Coast! :-)

Still love them, but miss their old sound

I will always love Bethany's charming voice but as "letitburn22" said, i so miss the gritty sound of "The Sun Was High".

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bethany Cosentino was no stranger to the stage when she began working on recordings with bandmate Bobb Bruno under the name Best Coast in 2009. A former child actress, Cosentino had started writing songs in her teens, and had gained a strong online following by the time she was 17 thanks to a handful of squeaky-clean pop tunes she made available on her MySpace page under the nom de teen pop Bethany Sharayah. "I had interest from major labels," she said in a 2009 interview with PopSense. "And it was...
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