Best Coast - Crazy For You
Best Coast are yet another band to be tucked within the mellow arsenal of chillwave/surf pop bands to currently surge onto the music scene. The band consists of frontwoman and songwriter maestro Bethany Cosentino, multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno and recent addition, drummer Ali Koehler.
Crazy For You is the debut album from Best Coast, and it certainly matches the somewhat odd yet relaxed nature of the album cover, a cat who seems to be sitting on the sea, basking in the dark orange tones of the sunset behind it.
Dwindle below for the pros & noes!
A big pro that I found upon listening to this LP is that all the songs follow a very consistant structure that rarely gets compromised, with the only exception on the album being the final rush of noise that appears on the song “I Want To” and maybe what I feel was the best track, was the bonus track “When I’m With You”. This idea of using the same song structures for each song was starting to feel like a good idea, as until “Our Deal” was playing, every song before it was pretty good.
However, my biggest gripe about the album is that despite this pattern keeping the album consistent, every song does begin to sound the same, there’s not enough variety in these songs (apart from the odd powerchord changes) every rhythm sounds the same, the vocals sound the same, there’s really nothing that distinguishes the songs from one another, which makes the album begin to tire and become tedius once you get over the whole “summer feeling” the album is apparently supposed to bring.
Another pro that I have for Crazy For You is the sound, it…sounds great on the ears, such a delightful easy relaxed tone that reminds me of sandy beaches and the waves weaving in and out of the tide as the sun begins to set. However, this sound of Best Coast’s does seem to head towards a more…”boring” pathway as the song “Our Deal” and every song that follows after it begin to take a more slower, a more dreary route that really does not excite me anymore, often it has lead me to stop listening to the album before I fall asleep.
A final problem that I have with this album is that Best Coast have left out what I feel is Best Coast’s strongest song “When I’m With You” off the album, to be left as a bonus track. Why is this? I would have loved to see this song on the proper tracklisting on the LP, replacing some of the more annoying and boring songs on it too.
Overall, I feel that Best Coast have made a…decent debut album, I hope they do manage to improve their song composing and writing for their eventual follow up LP. Keeping with focusing on Crazy For You, I feel that this is an album where you can’t really pay too much attention to it, otherwise you’ll realise how uninteresting it is, so this album is really the perfect source of relaxing background music at a party on the beach or something.
I will give Best Coast - Crazy For You an average score of 5 out of 10, the album did excite me at the start, but once you listen to this LP a few more times, you will realise how much sounds the same and how much the vocals will begin to grind on your nerves.