Label: Wichita Recordings
Released: May 15th
Part of the appeal of Best Coast's debut album, Crazy For You, was its carefree, simple, slightly sloppy nature. It worked to give the album a certain charm, but it was also pretty limiting. On The Only Place, Beth Cosentino sought to make something more than another fuzzy, West Coast slacker rock album for stoners.
She enlisted Jon Brion to produce a much sharper album and the newfound clarity highlights both her strengths and weaknesses, with mixed results. She may have lost some of the fans who wanted another Crazy For You, but her sophomore effort is a sign of maturity and it opens up the doors for Best Coast to move past their unrefined sound and explore some exciting new options.