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The Only Place

Best Coast

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This album is Mastered for iTunes. We named Best Coast’s studio debut, Crazy for You, the Alternative Breakthrough Album in iTunes Rewind 2010. Its sunny, often lo-fi sounds were like a blissful blast of Phil Spector–produced pop mixed with lovelorn lyrics. For Best Coast's forthcoming follow-up, The Only Place, the Cali-based crew (consisting of core members Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno) teamed with famed producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West). The lead single, “The Only Place,” kick-starts the affair with a cheery ode to the band’s home state; it's sprinkled with surf-rock bobs and lyrics that invite you to meet Best Coast at the beach. This rolls into a succinct, melodic rocker (“Why I Cry”), which features Cosentino’s characteristic train-of-thought lyrics.

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Wow.

Such a disappointment.

Growth

Cosentino's lyrics on this album are more insightful than her previous work, as well as focused on a heavier side of love and living. The polished sound offers a clearer listening of Cosentino's addicting voice; the tones are thicker and creamier, stronger and honest. Bruno's plucky, smart guitar is always a harmonious spouse to the new words and catchy rhythms, translating the lyrics' meanings into another language.

A Better Best Coast

I'm liking a this album a lot more than their debut. It does have a more solemn feel, minus "the only place," but I sense more maturity than lack of creativity. Tracks 8 & 11 are amongst their best in general.

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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