Best Coast 'The only place'

Updated: 25 Aug 2012

Time Out says

Rating: 2.5/5

The enigmatic fuzz and noise that first propelled Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno to the indie-pop community’s consciousness in 2010 with the Californian summer-inspired ‘Crazy for You’ may be solely missing on ‘The Only Place’, but Cosentino’s love affair with the Golden State remains. On the twangy title track, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter boasts ‘We’ve got the ocean, got the babes/ Got the sun, we’ve got the waves’ before proclaiming ‘This is the only place for me’. The unimaginative lyrics might seem rather pedestrian, but the frontwoman still packs a warm Jenny Lewis-type vocal in her songs about dashed hopes and unrequited love.

Ahead of the album’s release, Cosentino spoke about the need to produce a ‘grown up record’, and ‘The Only Place’, with a clearer sound and a less DIY feel courtesy of famed producer Jon Brion, is essentially a step forward for Best Coast. Nonetheless, despite possessing catchy surf-pop numbers in the form of ‘No One like You’ and ‘Dreaming My Life Away’, the duo’s sophomore effort excites without really reaching the verve of their critically acclaimed debut. Ultimately, we can’t help but long for the lo-fi and distortionfilled goodness of the less polished ‘Boyfriend’. Wong Boon Ken