Best Coast
Crazy For You


3.0
good

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
July 27th, 2010 | 187 replies | 21,230 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bethany Cosentino is all out of love (and so lost without you).

New York totally sucked for Bethany Cosentino. She left California behind (and with it her band Pocahaunted and making music in general) for full-time college and worse weather, in a move that left her, in her own words, unmotivated and unhappy. It’s really no surprise then that (presumably) The Ghost of Summer’s Past would swoop in one chilly night and bring about a change in this homesick soul: gnarly surfer dudes, short shorts, flip-flops, ***ing sand, man. The Ghost took her back to memories of palm trees and sun tans and crazy parties and all the sorts of things we exaggerate about our summers in fond recollection. Oh, to go home, she yearned, to which The wise and venerable Ghost replied, with a voice that shook the wallpaper off the plaster, Go! And thus, in the majestic catharsis of returning home, Best Coast was conceived.

Crazy For You feels as much an ode to boys and love and other girlie things as it is to California itself, particularly as a memory, or an ideal projected from her New York misery. Even when not conveyed in the lyrics, the music is all too clear: sunny, 60’s pop melodies and jangly guitars fill this record from front to back, swimming through an atmosphere fuzzier than a lion’s cooch. It’s a simple enough concept and it works almost entirely due to Cosentino’s admirably sugar sweet songwriting. Her personality shines through the music and most of her most outward attributes make it quite clear why she’s become the latest blog buzz sensation (read: victim); lazy, charming, disheveled, you may as well stick a Children of God cult back story in there and seal the deal once and for all. She really is magnetic though and when she sings “I lost my job / I miss my mom / I wish my cat could talk”, on “Goodbye” it gives you the idea that there’s a wink to Crazy For You’s love-obsession and what a sly notion that is.

It’s an idea that would make sense too, as Crazy For You is deceptively simple. I mean, for the most part, it’s as straight forward a record as you’ll get; there’s not much subtlety to the melodies, lyrics or general tone of the album but that’s exactly what makes it so good and exactly what makes it so clever. It’s a take it or leave it sort of deal and though I presume that is exactly how it’s going to be received among most listeners, there’s a fan base here for any romantic fuzz-nerd with a sweet tooth, which considering the success of the inferior Dum Dum and Vivian Girls (of which one plays in Best Coast’s live band (with all due respect)) is quite an audience indeed. So this is Bethany Cosentino’s debut record: to California, boys, love and heartbreak, spurned on one fateful night by an old and kind ghost and his goodhearted advice…presumably.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kiran
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sorry conrad : (

shaking off the writing rust

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A summer album released two months too late.

Kiran
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

given how long i expect to keep listening to this, i suspect it was released perfectly to bring an end to my summer

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



3752 Comments


Eh, everything I've heard from this marks it down as with a 'quriky female fronted indie pop flavour of the month that will be forgotten real quick' flavour.

Digging: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days Of Abandon

Bitchfork
July 27th 2010



7584 Comments


That's actually exactly what it is, Alex.

Bitchfork
July 27th 2010



7584 Comments


advice…presumably.

fix

Kiran
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


Eh, everything I've heard from this marks it down as with a 'quriky female fronted indie pop flavour of the month that will be forgotten real quick' flavour.

i'm a sucker for that kind of stuff though

Bitchfork
July 27th 2010



7584 Comments


fix fix fix fix fix fix fix it now

lobby
July 27th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i try listening to this but get bored and end up listening to the 2009 ep, so good....

alachlahol
July 27th 2010



7422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fuzzier than a lion's cooch? wtf

robin
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



4221 Comments


woah hey man, vivian girls are awesome.

alachlahol
July 27th 2010



7422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no, the trio of female surf-pop (Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls) have been bland to say the least

robin
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



4221 Comments


vivian girls is the best fuzzy thing for me. they're so goood. better than this KIRAN.

conradtao
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn you kiran it's like sleigh bells all over again ; )

I think you just have to take this for what it is, pleasant, well-done pop music. Her songs do sound similar but you can't deny that her sense of melody is very good.

AtavanHalen
July 27th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best Coast are best

Air Supply reference ftw

Kiran
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alas conrad, our similarly refined and sophisticated tastes have led us to this clash of reviews again. next one is yours, i promise!

robin, ive only heard the first vivian girls and didnt really catch on : (

conradtao
Emeritus
July 27th 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've heard good things about Dum Dum Girls. But this is generally not a genre I enjoy.

AggravatedYeti
July 27th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is teenage cliches matched with catchy surf-riffs.
perfect for the beach
just like Kiran.

alachlahol
July 27th 2010



7422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if you brought a boom box to the beach, would you put this album on?

AggravatedYeti
July 27th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes--because its like 30 mins long and by its end I'd hope I've become well and drunk
plus is ccaattcchhyyy



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