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Best Coast Audio CD
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Bethany Cosentino is a Los Angeles native with a brief stay in Brooklyn, and Best Coast’s influences reflects that: Beach Boys vibe with East Coast 60’s girl group influences such as the Ronnettes and Shangri-Las. Best Coast is brought to life with the help of her long-time friend/guitarist/producer Bobb Bruno and drummer Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls). The pair have received heaps of ... Read more in Amazon's Best Coast Store

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  • Audio CD (14 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B007SW89V0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

“I just want to lose that stoner cat girl label and for people to take me more seriously," said Bethany Cosentino recently. Yes, her band's 2010 debut, Crazy for You, won kudos from music critics, cool kids and even Drew Barrymore, who directed one of its videos. But at the same time, the blogworld got preoccupied with its references to weed and mocked one of Cosentino's less than Joni Mitchell-esque lyrics: "I wish my cat could talk."

Cosentino's also admitted that she tired of hearing the term lo-fi attached to her band's indie-meets-girl-group sound. Consequently, she and bandmate Bobb Bruno have recruited Fiona Apple/Kanye West producer Jon Brion to ensure this follow-up is less ramshackle.

Best Coast still sound like Best Coast, but now they're tidier, shinier and looking us right in the eye. The revelation is the vocals. No longer hiding behind harmonies and production fuzz, Cosentino is a strong and confident singer; she attacks No One Like You like a valley girl Patsy Cline.

The album's hat trick of up-tempo cuts are so infectious they recall The Go-Go's, and it's hard not to wish there were a couple more. But most of The Only Place is mid-tempo, introspective and very candid. Written while Cosentino was processing her transition from a shopgirl to indie pin-up, these songs are filled with inertia, confusion, frustration and homesickness. Sample couplet: "I'm always crying on the phone / Because I know that I'll end up alone."

But despite this self-involved subject matter, and Cosentino's strict adherence to the June/moon/spoon school of songwriting, The Only Place never irritates. Thanks to the sweetness of its melodies, the sheer ear candy of its Cali-pop jangle, and the yearning in those vocals, it's less depressing than wistful – like watching the clouds as the sun fades.

Bethany Cosentino is still figuring out who she is – track titles like Better Girl and How They Want Me to Be practically admit as much. But listening to this musically confident and lyrically unflinching second album, it's clear she's no stoner cat girl. --Nick Levine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore album a winner. 25 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
There are some ridiculously vitriolic reviews of this album on various web sites.If you are a fan of the jangly pop of the Lemonheads Come on feel,or Tilly and the wall Wild like children then you will love this album.There`s also a lovely 50s vibe on a number of tracks,which recall the sound of Connie Francis, high praise fully deserved.If you like any of the above, and i would throw Nicole Atkins into the mix,then just buy this album.Only one reservation,the brevity of the album leaves you thirsty for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid 29 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Truth is, the lyrics on this are juvenile and sometimes cringe inducing. It's true that Bethany Cosentino is a slightly annoying scene chick. It's even true that some of this is pretty corny. Yet I can't shake the feeling that this is the most addictive record I've heard in the last few months.

2012 thus far has hardly been a vintage year for any genre, and perhaps that's why I'm enjoying this album so much. It stands out as a catchy, melodic, and most of all fun way to spend thirty minutes, racing along at a decent pace through eleven songs about love and youth, tinged throughout with the nostalgia that pervades modern indie music. Some have criticised the glossy production, though honestly the sound isn't that far away from the fuzzy aesthetics of debut album 'Crazy For You'. There's a little sheen added, nothing more, and it still more or less sounds like it could have been recorded in someone's garage, albeit on better equipment than on her infamously lo-fi early work.

Although the title track is the only one that matches up to the infectious glories of 'Boyfriend', 'When I'm With You' or 'The Sun Was High', this is undeniably a very solid release, and pretty consistent over its length. It's all pretty likable, although it isn't going to convert people who hated the first album, hate the overall vibe and dismiss Cosentino as a shallow hipster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Naysayers be damned 19 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's only their second release, so we don't really know what a Best Coast lp sounds like yet. But if they continue to sound as good as this, I'll be quite happy, thanks. Jon Brion's simple and fresh production makes the most of Ms. Cosentino's vocals, and expands the instrumentation to fine effect. It still sounds like Best Coast to me, but this time it's summer in widescreen so put your flip-flops on and go skip in the spume. There's also an awesome bear on the cover and you can't say fairer than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy distilled 3 Aug 2013
By Jane L
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't live in California but this album makes me wish I did. Instead I settle for joyful songs of love and celebration.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great deception 19 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Waah what a disappointment! I loved "Crazy for You" and their other producing lo-fi, but here we find a kind of corny rock'n'roll album.
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