Produced by Jon Brion. Album The Only Place. The Only Place Lyrics. We were born with sun in our teeth and in our hair When we get bored we like to sit around, sit around and stare At the mountains, at the birds, at the ocean, at the trees We have fun, we have fun, we have fun when we please
The Only Place is the second studio album by American indie rock duo Best Coast, released on May 15, 2012 by Mexican Summer. The album was primarily inspired by the upheaval following the unexpected success of Crazy for You. To this end, the duo attempted to distance themselves from the lo-fi aesthetic of their first release by working with producer Jon Brion
Best Coast knows of this as they pore over thorough thoughts circulating around, crafting three more tracks meant for the Golden State. Do You Love Me Like You Used To and Let’s Go Home are reminiscent to road mixes set on Route 66 during summer. Journeys end once they begin. Doing the album of service, Best Coast close it out the only way they know, with a soothing waltz. Up All Night paints a picture of peace and tranquility where adulation runs rampant.
Best Coast's new album, The Only Place, is another story. Produced by Jon Brion, the sound is dry and comparatively spare; the guitars jangle and twang rather than fuzz; and Cosentino's voice, still strong and clear, is front and center. After their garage-rock beginnings, Best Coast are making a bid for alt-country singer-songwriter territory à la Neko Case, a musical sphere where the nuts and bolts of songwriting and storytelling are paramount
Best Coast’s sophomore full length The Only Place is not for anyone looking for the usual distortion-latent, chill pop that has previously been expected of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno. That being said, this album is an attempt by the duo to deliver what they always do - fun, upbeat songs perfect for the summertime. While their last full length Crazy For You was driven by angst-filled lyrics about unrequited love and airy vocals, The Only Place showcases Consentino’s honest, sweet voice with a wider variety of emotion. The album kicks off with the title track, an explosive summer song that introduces the sound of the record. The jubilant, upbeat music paired with lyrics like We’ve got the ocean, Got the babes, Got the sun, We’ve got the waves are sure to leave you wishing you were exactly where Consentino is as she sings.
All the Best Coast hallmarks are present and correct, from fizzing guitars and an earworm chorus to those characteristically guileless lyrics. We’ve got the ocean, got the babes/We’ve got the sun, we’ve got the waves, she gushes of her home state, before earnestly asking Why would you live anywhere else? With that kind of logic, it’s hard to disagree. As it turns out, the familiar energy and sunny disposition of ‘The Only Place’ turns out to be a bit of a red herring. As the album progresses, it settles into a far more deliberate mid-tempo rhythm than we’re used to. It also incorporates a wider range of musical touchstones; it feels like you might find the beefy blues-rock riff on ‘Last Year’ buried deep in the tracklist of a Creedence album, probably on a song about a bayou or somesuch. Tracks like ‘No One Like You’ and ‘My Life’ have the lilting qualities of vintage country pop (and the lovelorn lyrics to boot).
Mexican Summer, May 15, 2012. They were neither particularly clever nor particularly talented – but that was always part of the plan. But that sword shows its reverse edge when The Only Place reaches for emotionalism. Overwrought and too upfront, the band loses complexity and Cosentino’s ruminations on loneliness sound, ironically, closer to petulant posturing than honest confessions.
Complete your Best Coast collection. The Wichita LP release bonus 7" is a white label featuring 'The Only Place' and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Storms' - it has a catalogue number WEBB347S scratched into the run-out and comes in a plain white sleeve. The US (Mexican Summer)LP bonus 7" has the same two tracks but has 'proper' labels.