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Best Coast, <em>The Only Place</em>
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Best Coast, The Only Place

Available May 15th

Where Best Coast's 2010 debut, Crazy for You, stacked fuzzed-out garage guitars and girl-group vocals into a low-fi blaze, the indie-pop duo's follow-up sounds way richer – with shades of Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield and Dolly Parton in frontwoman Bethany Cosentino's vocals. Fiona Apple and Kanye West producer Jon Brion helped the band take advantage of L.A.'s Capitol studios, where everyone from the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra cut classic sides. The new sound suits emotional tunes including "How They Want Me to Be" and "Better Girl," about the pressures of indie celebrity. "When I first got successful, wow – people got mean!" says Cosentino. "These songs are the sound of me picking myself up. I wanted to get this off my chest and sing my heart out."

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