With a chilled-out female vocalist, offering a calming tone to each track, anyone who listens to Best Coast's new offering will be in for a treat.
The first couple of songs open with an upbeat, acoustic sounding country style tune. Title track 'The Only Place' and 'Why I Cry' hold similar rhythmic beats which compliment each other, and blend seamlessly into one another. Tuggingo n the heartstrings, 'Why I cry'maintains an uplifting tone even though the story of the lyrics tell the tale of a sad, negative experience.
As the album progresses, the songs seem to mellow out a great deal, becoming more of a Sunday chill-out playlist which is refreshing, particularly the song 'No One Like You'. Singer Bethany Consentino's vocals are so smooth and not overpowering, that it gives each track a really warm, reassuring tone. The rhythm behind each track is quite similar, but unlike other bands who have done this and failed, Best Coast succeed in creating a warm, soothing experience by keeping the sounds familiar.
With such a unique tone, with similarities in tone to Courtney Love – particularly on 'My Life' - Consentino really has a very Garbage attitude about her through her vocals. But let's not overlook Best Coast's second member - with the incredible talent provided by the multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno also sounding spectacular – this duo are definitely one to look out for in the near future. The album is an impressive production, and a great record to start the summer months with.