50 Best Albums of 2013

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Best Coast, 'Fade Away EP'
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35. Best Coast, 'Fade Away EP'

It's just seven songs but still felt like a breakthrough, mixing the noise-pop buzz of Best Coast's 2011 debut with the swarming melodies and emotional payoff of last year's The Only Place. It's where Bethany Cosentino's love of Patsy Cline meets her love of My Bloody Valentine, and it suggests she's growing as a songwriter by the month.

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