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The Only Place

Best Coast

The Only Place

The Californian duo are back with their second album of sunny garage pop, drawing influence from The Beach Boys to the Shangri-Las

ADM rating[?]

6.4

Label
Wichita
UK Release date
14/05/2012
US Release date
22/05/2012
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Cosentino's voice comes into its own on this record without distortion, displaying gorgeous harmonies and swooping fluidity
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  2. 8.5 |   The AU Review

    All the tracks truly sound a lot tidier and fuller. This probably compliments the direction of the band, seemingly wanting to be taken a little more seriously
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  3. 8.0 |   State

    In a nutshell, this is an album of unease, sugar-coated with optimism
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Best Coast will never win over the cynics who like their music to sport a more assured style of intelligence and invention, but for those who fell in love with the sunburnt stoner of old, there’s plenty more to revel in, here
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An appropriately laid-back triumph
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  6. 8.0 |   BBC

    Musically confident and lyrically unflinching
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Those melodies ring out with a new clarity thanks to producer Jon Brion, the Bacharach disciple who helped Fiona Apple and Kanye West cut their sweetest-sounding records
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  8. 8.0 |   Spin

    This uncluttered landscape reveals Cosentino to be a deceptively skilled singer with a gift for marrying troubled lyrics to exuberant melodies
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  9. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    There is something timeless about Best Coast
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  10. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Best Coast clearly put far more strain and effort into this sequel. Maybe they’re simply better when they aren’t working so hard
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  11. 7.0 |   NME

    They're going through the motions. Print edition only

  12. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An unpretentious collection that turns a grey sky blue
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Indie pop infused with the melodrama of The Ronettes and The Shrangli-Las. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    A confident and brash radio friendly chunk of guitar pop
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  15. 7.0 |   AU Magazine

    This second album sees them shaking off the lo-fi tag to emerge polished, confident and with a bright future
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  16. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    The Only Place still feels like its predecessor. It’s a more sophisticated effort, but it doesn’t disown the rudimentary pleasures of Crazy For You
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  17. 6.5 |   Tone Deaf

    Despite the presence of somewhat unnecessary and obvious fillers, the record speaks quite simply but strongly, conveying a different take on the same recipe
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  18. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    [There is] a grinding sense of marks being hit while inspiration is in short order
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  19. 6.0 |   The Observer

    There are still moments of magic but it sounds like the work of a band in transition, and not necessarily for the better
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  20. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It was its hopeless teenage-ness that made Crazy For You so endearing the first time around, so it’s curious that Cosentino is so keen to depart from place
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  21. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    On the surface, they’re familiar Best Coast-sounding ditties, but there’s something so transparent about them, as if they’re trying too hard to insist upon this personal growth
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is hardly pioneering stuff, but it’s hard not to fall under the spell of these wistful songs when they’re done so well
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  23. 6.0 |   Mojo

    All this block-printed indie-pop masks a desire to be taken seriously. Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   Q

    Ditches the distortion in favour of cleaner textures. Print edition only

  25. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Full of the things that have always made Best Coast great - short, simple songs packed with hooks, heartbreak and 60s girl group harmonies
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  26. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    If their earlier music was like the heartbroken lament of a long-lost summer fling, this newest album is like that obnoxious friend that still hasn’t gotten over their last relationship
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  27. 5.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    It's by no means all bad, and the basic Best Coast formula remains strong - this may well be the half-baked sound of a band in transition
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  28. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The band sounds like they're struggling to come up with a new template, a feeling that leaves The Only Place sounding shiftless and adrift
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  29. 5.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The clingiest and most needy record I’ve heard in a while
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  30. 5.0 |   All Music

    The album sounds great, full of catchy and well-crafted songs. Too bad it all falls apart so drastically when you factor in Cosentino's disastrous lyrics
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  31. 5.0 |   Pop Matters

    Ends up highlighting Cosentino’s ceiling as a performer and songwriter
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  32. 5.0 |   Prefix

    It's a perfect summer record, a sunburst of bright hooks, but growing up and taking yourself too seriously aren't the same thing
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  33. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    If anyone other than Bethany Cosentino were performing these songs, I’d have no patience for the album’s overall laziness
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  34. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    While the newest wave of retro-inspired acts have passed them by, Best Coast seem content to lay about in the sand and soak up the rays
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  35. 2.0 |   The Quietus

    Even the offensively quirky cover art of a bear embracing a map of California looks like a fashionable meme for the future. Nonetheless, the illustration captures the album's content in visual perfection: sickly, beige and chintzy
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