The Only Place (Deluxe Edition)
by Best Coast
Released: May 2012
Label: Mexican Summer
"Why would you live anywhere else? We've got the ocean, got the babes, got the sun, we've got the waves," Bethany Cosentino gushes over surf guitar and brisk beats on the title track opener of Best Coast's sophomore album. But soon the fog (or the smog) starts to creep in. The lo-fi scrappiness of the duo's debut has been buffed with Jon Brion's velvety production, as Cosentino turns on the melancholic alt-country charm, like fellow L.A. girl Jenny Lewis. And though she sings with more confidence, her lyrics still suggest a girl eternally stuck in teen-love hell. At least she's got California.