Thursday, May 3, 2012

Best Coast - The Only Place

Well folks, she’s all grown up. Bethany Cosentino, the California-based, sun-loving songwriter best known for her songs about cats, boys, and weed, is taking her sophomore release to the next level of maturity. Except she’s still singing about mood swings and gossip (“Better Girl”) and goofing off at the beach (“The Only Place”). Ok, ok, so her lyrics are still shallow, but Cosentino’s grand ability to write insanely catchy melodies is only enhanced with the help of producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West). Cosentino and bassist/drummer Bobb Bruno sound clear and present, a sort of in-your-face pop mastery that gets better with each listen. But with Cosentino’s attempted maturation, we’re stuck with a few duds, like “Do You Still Love Me Like You Used To,” which isn’t only tedious and grating, but like a nagging partner, is annoying as hell.

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