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Cal­i­for­nia Nights


Best Coast’s 2010 de­but was a won­der­ful in­cur­sion into sun­ny­side-up, scuf­fled Cal­i­for­nian in­diepop. For its fol­low-up, the LA duo en­listed pro­ducer Jon Brion to smooth out their rough edges – to their detri­ment. Num­ber three finds a mid­dle ground, with the Weezer-es­que grunge riffs of

Feel­ing OK and the lo-fi Ban­gles-do-pop-punk swag­ger of Heaven

Sent tus­sling with softly warped, woozy bal­ladry, as heard on the ex­cel­lent ti­tle track. In be­tween, Bethany Cosentino con­tin­ues to draw in­flu­ence from 60s girl groups (as Wasted Time demon­strates), while the lyri­cal con­tent re­mains pre­oc­cu­pied with lost love. True, it’s a lit­tle one-note - but if you like Best Coast’s dis­con­so­late ap­proach to lovelorn indie rock with a retro strut, this al­bum won’t dis­ap­point. Best­

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