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- The Only Place by Best Coast
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 May 2012
The news that there's a new Beach Boys record due (I'm unfathomably excited) has led me to think that there are a long line of bands who seem to be a living advertisement for the joys of sunshine, beaches and the West Coast feel good vibe. The title track on this follow up to the much loved 'Crazy for You' declares that 'we have fun, we have fun...with the sun in our eyes...we always have fun', summarizing with 'why would you live anywhere else'? Well, maybe due to geographical necessity? Money? Of all the things she mentions - waves, sun, mountains - she never once mentions a Minster. Yep, in York we have a Minster and three (count 'em) Tesco mini-marts. Why would I live anywhere else?
Jealousy aside, the first two tracks are bouncy jangly upbeat fun that is like a kind of aural Prozac. Throughout, I like the way the guitars are played - they have a Johnny Marr-like quality - hey he could join these lot next - he's not far away in Portland. It's light and fluffy and very '80s upbeat major label jangle-pop sounding, at times they slow down to ballad territory and they all have a surfy '50s feel. Nice stuff, I'm finding the production a little flat that said it's Jon Brion so it's not really too much of a surprise. That's my only compaint - another one to buy in time for the summer that will never arrive.
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