Bethany Cosentino is no stranger to the game of love. Her love life has been depicted with every release from her musical project Best Coast. Their debut album 'Crazy For You' showcases a girl with more love than she knows what she can do with, featuring pop songs like "Boyfriend," "Crazy for You," and "When I'm With You." That youthful energy had matured into a slightly darker place with their sophomore release 'The Only Place.' Songs like "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" and "No One Like You" posed a more distant pattern of love. The California native's third attempt has evolved into mourning and coming to terms with lost love
Not only has the message aged, but the instrumental effort on 'Fade Away' highlights everyone's efforts instead of just Cosentino's. Lead guitarist Bobb Bruno manages to lighten the somber lyrics with his eccentric pop-rock guitar riffs, especially on songs like "This Lonely Morning" and "Who Have I Become." The latter is Best Coast's closest attempt to writing a pop-punk song, which helps explain their opening slot on a tour with Green Day stretching from 2012 to the beginning of 2013. The second track "I Wanna Know" speaks on not wanting to leave but that the time has come - even answering the option of her staying with "Baby goodbye."
One of the essential parts to the Best Coast formula comes with keeping things simple. The drum parts are nothing more than a bass drum and snare trade off with an occasional fill thrown in for good measure. The most impressive percussive work comes with "Fear Of My Identity," incorporating a tambourine to accompany a more demanding beat than anything else seen. The opening line to the title track "Fade Away" does a great job expressing the overall theme with "People they change, and love it fades." Cosentino asks herself if she should change, but decides that she should leave and stay the same. She later reflects with "She's me, she's mean, she doesn't say anything. My heart can tell she screams and yells. Inside she's cold, and she'll never grow old."
Maybe the troubling feelings of losing and gaining love is what keeps the mid-twenty year old singer-songwriter young. Vocally, Bethany has progressed in talent and range and that's apparent with "Baby I'm Crying." Bruno's dream-glazed guitar work compliments the dark mood set by the lyrics which showcases the singer's more physically emotional side. After her emotions were painted with every color on Best Coast's pallet, she accepts defeat with the reiterated phrase "I Don't Know How." Her biggest pain in the post breakup stage seems to be running into her ex, noting "You see me everywhere you, you walk around without a care." That seems to be what has her mostly hung up - that her past lover isn't
'Fade Away' doesn't choose sides of Best Coast's past, instead, the band continues to musically progress while still talking about what they always have just from different points of view. The party may have died down, but the passion for speaking on what she knows doesn't seem to be fading away for Bethany Cosentino and company
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