Album Review: Best Coast - The Only Place
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3/5 Riding on the back of success of other such Californian lo-fi group - such as Wavves, No Age and Rogue Wave to name a few - Best Coast rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of debut album, Crazy for You. The album, a mix of blurry guitar riffs, sunny pop harmonies and cliched lyrics of teenage life, soon found a following amongst the indie youth and hipsters. Best Coast’s very attraction was the listenability of their songs. This was music built for indie films and summer holidays; an elementary structure, the DIY-sound of 60s garage pop and the infectious vocals of Bethany Cosentino, bellowing out banal thoughts of talking cats and wanting a boyfriend. Simple, yes, but sometimes that all you want from life. Yet, despite praise from critics, Cosentino has recently been complaining that she wanted to lose the “stoner cat girl label” as well as the image of Best Coast as simple lo-fi; and to be taken more seriously as a musician. Consequently, the band drafted in Fiona Apple and Magnolia producer Jon Brion, as well as losing ex-Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler. Yet, despite these motions for change, Best Coast’s new sophomore effort, titled The Only Place, seems pretty familiar. Indeed, five seconds into opener and title track ‘The Only Place’, it seems like their has been little changing of the formula that made Crazy for You such a success. With its bouncy upbeat rhythm and catchy hooks, this is a song perfect for the summer. The fact that a map of California adorns the album, much like it did upon predecessor Crazy For You, is no coincidence, as the music oozes the Golden State of sandy beaches, San Francisco and The O.C out of ever pore.
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