Album review: Best Coast’s ‘Fade Away’
The garage rock duo once again fails to live up to its hype.
The real problem with the current state of indie music is that it’s dishonest: the vintage, low fidelity recording techniques of yesteryear coupled with a Spectoresque approach to songwriting leave an unnerving stench of pretension and contrived pedantics.
The best case scenario for Best Coast: after its sunkissed lo-fi debut, Crazy for You, and its letdown of a second LP, The Only Place, the band releases a forward-looking EP that can signal a shift towards more “honest” tunes — music that comes from a less awkward place than some poorly recorded Beach Boys B-side rip-offs.
To be as brief as possible, the title track is a top-notch The Jesus and Mary Chain impression, “This Lonely Morning” is alright, and “I Don’t Know How” is complete garbage. Everything else is rife with a sense of underachievement that makes the band’s past as a promising upstart group of young soundsmiths seem somewhat misguided.
Best Coast, and Bethany Cosentino especially, seem completely at ease with the fact that the group’s career as a band is progressing sideways. Always searching for that middling, time-tested, boring, unadventurous, timid, predictable, not bad but not very good sound, Fade Away is really just another entry in a long line of underwhelming releases from a band that once showed so much potential.
MOVE gives Fade Away 3 out of 5 stars.