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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    California Love, Indie-Rock Style

    Correction: In my previous review for Best Coast's "Crazy For You", I mentioned that Bobb Bruno has left the band. This was incorrect. He is still performing with Best Cosat. Sorry!

    Bethany Constantino loves California the way Billy Joel loves New York. It's in her soul and her blood. She sang about it in an adorably gnarly way with her last album with Best Coast, "Crazy For You". She sings about it yet again on "The Only Place". The title track has an earnest chorus: "Why would you live anywhere else?" And remember, this is at a time when California is going through one economic and political crisis after another. Yet, Bethany makes no apologies for her love of California and she makes her love, our love.

    "The Only Place" doesn't have the cavernous, Phil Spectorish sound of the previous album. However, it still has plenty of feedback, thanks mostly to multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. The songs are also more yearning this time, particularly "How They Want Me To Be" and "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?". What's more, Bethany's vocals aren't quite as snarling as they were before. And most of these songs are catchy from the first moment you hear them.

    According to the liner notes of the album, Bethany has been taking cues from Tony Gilkyson, the fluid guitarist of the punk rock band X and from Lindsay Buckingham, the tremendously talented force behind Fleetwood Mac. Something tells me Best Coast is going to be around for a long time.

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