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The Only Place

Best CoastAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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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 (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • ASIN: B007HRXJVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Only Place
2. Why I Cry
3. Last Year
4. My Life
5. No One Like You
6. How They Want Me To Be
7. Better Girl
8. Do You Love Me Like You Used To
9. Dreaming My Life Away
10. Let's Go Home
11. Up All Night

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The Only Place is the follow-up to the acclaimed Crazy For You and finds Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno maturing in both sound and perspective. This album finds front woman Cosentino transitioning into adulthood, with the feeling of uncertainty and self-doubt at the emotional center of the album. As with all of Best Coast's previous recordings, on The Only Place Cosentino handles all songwriting, lyrics, vocals and rhythm guitar, while multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno plays lead guitar, bass and drums. What's new this time is their decision to work with producer and composer Jon Brion.

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Coast aims for big changes on The Only Place May 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
For many of us, the summer of 2010 was curiously colored by a small town California girl named Bethany Cosentino. That was when her debut, Crazy for You, was released, a fun little record mish-mashing fuzzy surf rock with retro melodies and jangly pop hooks. It was a perfect summertime record with a refreshing lo-fi grimy sound.

Cosentino became an overnight guru on heartache, felines, and good ole Mary J. Despite that, though, it was hard to get over the feeling that the music was made by someone whose hair was perpetually unwashed.

All this set the stage for the release of the band's sophomore set, The Only Place. This record introduces marked changes for the band. Overall, it's a mixed bag. Cosentino certainly still maintains a penchant for writing simple pop songs that are short, catchy, and to the point. Barely a track breaches the thee minute mark. What's changed? Evidently Cosentino snatched a bottle of conditioner and trimmed those bangs, because The Only Place sounds much sleeker, cleaner, and sexier.

John Brion's production has enhanced several key elements. The most notable beneficiary is Cosentino's voice. It is much richer, cleaner, and syrupy sounding, which in turn allows her personality to shine through even more clearly and radiantly. She's come a long way from the days of early singles like "Sun Was High (So Was I)," which was such a muddled mess that it wasn't easy to pick out her vocals from the background instrumentation. Now, tracks like "Last Year" feature a beautiful aria from Bethany at the end. The closer, "Up All Night," may be the best track in this collection. Her tale of lost love and heartbreak tugs at your heart strings like no other song in her catalog.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stoner Sleepers for the Secretly Straight-Laced May 21, 2012
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Weed, boys, breakups, hang outs, dreaming, staying up all night, cats and California. These are the things Bethany Cosentino, the singer / songwriter / guitarist behind Best Coast, sings about on her records. She plays guitar and arranges songs like Liz Phair did when Liz Phair was the coolest woman alive and, these days at least, Cosentino sings an awful lot like Neko Case - if with less twang and howl. And when Cosentino joins up with her single Best Coast cohort, multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, they make very hip music videos, play very hip shows, say very hip things, wear very ironic T-shirts and, in general, personify the fake-glasses-wearing portion of today's youth generation (you know: aloof, stoned, insincere, jaded, contrarian and ... well ... largely happy).

For their much anticipated second record, titled The Only Place (a nod to Cali, notch), Best Coast have tapped indie super producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Of Montreal, etc.) to help out with all-things-studio related. And while Brion's history would imply that the sound we heard on 2010's incredibly listenable Crazy For You would be here blown up into something more elaborate, that's not the case. Sure, there are some strings on tracks like "My Life" and all the vocals and guitars are now perfectly recorded. But, if anything, the sound of The Only Place is maybe even more lean than that of Crazy. The slight garage growl appeal is mostly gone, but the surf pop moods still hold strong, as does the low-key indie rockiness.

My first reaction after hearing The Only Place was "Dang, that was obvious. Not in a bad way, but not really in a fun way, either. I thought I was going to be getting smashed on the porch and playing this record over and over again all summer, but it's not that kind of record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album-wide Anthem May 28, 2012
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I see lots of complaints about how this album is not as raw as the original Crazy For You album, which I understand, the very grimy old sound as if it was recorded 50 years ago was appealing and made the album one of the best I had heard in some time. However, just because the production quality went up, I won't cast this album aside for sounding a bit more hi-fi than its lo-fi predecessor.

Now that this is out of the way, to the actual album itself. When I first heard "The Only Place" title track on SiriusXMU a few months ago I was transfixed. I found it entrancing and a perfect anthem for California, it made me yearn to be there, to be in this wondrous place where life sounded superb, even ideal. I had to have this album the second it came out, and the vinyl arrived at my home on the day of release, allowing me to listen to it with the warm hum it deserves. The album from beginning to end, not just the title track, was an anthem to everything California. Love, Life, Work, Play, everything that makes California the ideal place is brought to fruition by Cosentino's wondrous and original voice.

If you are clinging too much to the lo-fi of Crazy For You, this album will not be good for you, go and pick up Green Day's Kerplunk instead. If you feel that you are ready to allow a band to evolve as they continue to make music, this will be a treat for you.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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When I discovered "Crazy For You" a little over a year ago I fell in love with the fuzzy guitars, the lo-fi sound, Bethany's carefree whimsical voice, and of course the cats. I couldn't stop listening to it all of the summer of 2011. It pretty much became the album that defined that year. Best Coast was very reminiscent of a washed out version of the Beach Boys, who l have a great affection for too. It had the 60's simple pop song structure mixed with a 90's sounding surf rock. I got super excited when I heard Cosentino had tweeted that they were already working on new songs around the fall of 2011. I expected to get lost in another world of summer all year round and her voice all over again.

As I started the first song of "The Only Place" I was a bit worried. They had kept the same 60's pop song structure, but the fuzzy guitar riffs and washed out vocals were nowhere to be found. It was almost as if someone had taken the original Best Coast sound and tried to purify it. As the album went on and ended I had lost all faith completely, I could not be more heartbroken. Nothing about their song structure had changed, but the repetition of lyrics just became annoying and tiresome without that singular sound. It's almost like the change in tone makes the repetition too entirely obvious that it ruins the simplicity of her songwriting. I listened to it a few more times through, but each time I just wanted it to be over as soon as she said a phrase or word more than three times in a song. In some ways the new sound almost reminds me of a much weaker Neko Case. "The Only Place" almost seems like the product of a band who got too big too quick. It seems to happen much too often to bands with fantastic first albums that gain too much attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First kiss
This album makes me feel like I'm in high school again. I had to buy it on vinyl and listen to it while sitting on the floor in my bedroom and reminisce. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wha hoppen????
Oh, the dreaded "Let's clean things up and make it slick and innocuous. And why not stretch out as well and go country!" syndrome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KS313
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you want !
this album is just amazing! The vinyl sounds really good , it even comes with a little unseen poster. I'd buy this again.
Published 5 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect perfect perfect!
It came much sooner than I expected so that was great. It's in perfect condition, looks lovely and sounds completely fantastic!!
Published 7 months ago by Renee Rodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of Summer
I am a fan of Best Coast. Haven't seen them or anything. This album reminds me of summer. Every time I put it on, it makes me feel like I am at the beach.
Published 8 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this band!
Great Band! Great CD! Just Great! "Why would you 'buy' anything else?" ;) Helps me relax after a long day at work.
Published 15 months ago by Cheryl Hutt
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this album!
This album is so crisp and clear even in my 13 year old car speakers. It sounds like a bluesy ABBA started writing surf rock. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rachel A Palenik
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tunes
The Best Coast has gone a little more singer/songwriter rather than indie girl group inspired rock. it's fine. They have a good full sound on this record with several solid tracks. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dudeman5000
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sophomore studio album
This album really shows Best Coast's instrumental and vocal talents. Now I am just waiting for Cosentino and the band to move away from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry style lyrics and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Salvatore Talluto
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