Best Coast - The Only Place
An appropriate song for the weather this week is the lead single and title track off Best Coasts latest LP. Appropriate in that it’s a trademark Bethany Cosetino summer jam, there’s really not much else to it. After the release of her first album came the consistent moaning via her Twitter page that people didn’t take her seriously as a musician. That people had a misconception of her and had labelled her as this cat loving stoner, who just writes about weed, sun and boys. She then went on to sack drummer Ali Koehler, rather ruthlessly apparently, which hinted at another attempt to lose that stoner label. All that aside, she has just released her second LP “The Only Place” with Best Coast. How does it sound? Like your typical Best Coast track. Nothing has changed here, absolutely nothing. “Why would you live anywhere else? Why would you live anywhere else? We’ve got the ocean, got the babes, got the sun, we’ve got the waves. This is the only place for me”. That is the hook from lead single “The Only Place”. A weak attempt at reinventing herself to be honest, as the song and pretty much the entire album sounds exactly the same. Boys, sun, crying, boys, sun, waves, repeat. The album as a whole sounds pretty vacant. The themes that made her debut so endearing have now been replaced by boring, taxing issues about her life and limited stories. Someone is just going through the motions.
The Only Place is out now via Mexican Summer.
Best Coast – The Only Place / Rating: 2/5. (2012)