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Not that California wants for tourists, but should they ever need to goose those dollars, the Chamber of Commerce need look no further than Bethany Cosentino, who since Best Coast's sun-and-palm-tree bedecked 2010 debut Crazy For You has gone above and beyond in promoting to the world and to the Twitterverse the charms of the land of endless freeways, one season and the Coffee Bean.
For album number two, Bethany and Bobb Bruno cut to the chase: The Only Place is the name of it, and the title song flat-out asks, "why would you live anywhere else?" Alright already. Production-wise, the B's also turned to a quintessentially LA figure--at least nowadays--Jon Brion, erstwhile collaborator of Fiona Apple and many others. Brion's backed off on the delay and the reverb, and what's emerged is a record that's just as ebullient and less tentative than Crazy.
Sun-soaked heartbreak abounds. As with the debut--in fact, more so this time around--chiming hooks and melodies couch lyrics that cast Bethany as the girl who may have messed things up, pining for the love that was or could have been. "Please forgive me for my sins", she asks in "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?"; "Can I still be the queen to your king?" in the surf-meets-Pasty Cline of "No One Like You"; in "Last Year" it's "What a year this day has been"; and in a more musically upbeat moment, it's still "You don't know why I cry". Elsewhere, she's conflicted, proclaiming in back-to-back jangly tracks, "I don't want to be how they want me to be" and "I want to be a better girl", and on the rollicking "Let's Go Home", she's longing to be at her place. And we know where that is, don't we?
There's apparently no truth to those rumours that instead of touring Bethany and Bobb will just stay in LA and have everybody come to them. In fact, Best Coast launch several months on the road this week at -- wait for it -- The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
It's the only place for them, and we've got The Only Place for you -- the latest from Best Coast.