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Album Review: Always Tomorrow by Best Coast

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Best Coast is an indie rock group from California. Besides their 2018 kids album, Best Coast has remained pretty quiet since their popular 2015 release, California Nights. After nearly five years, they return with Always Tomorrow.

The first track off the album, Different Light, is explosive and in your face right away. With the aggressive guitar and bass licks throughout the track, it really amps you up, and will definitely liven any audience when performed live. The chorus is interesting, with the repeated, staccato lyrics. Overall, this is different than how they have previously opened up albums, but I'm not going to complain about this energizing track.

After that we have Everything Has Changed. Instrumentally, everything has remained the same, but the tone has changed to a brighter, happier sound. This track is about the lead singer, Bethany Cosentino's sobriety. The track opens up with her old drinking habits, but quickly changes in the second verse when she talks about what her life is like now.

For The First Time definitely gives me an 80s pop feeling, even when the lead singer's voice sounds much clearer on this track. I also enjoy the flute and synths throughout the track. This track could also be a continuation of the previous track since she continues to talk about her past struggles with alcohol addiction, but now she finally feels normal again.

The next track, Graceless Kids is probably my favorite track off of the album. Just the rhythm and melody started at the beginning and how it slowly molds throughout the track. Eventually, it's all brought together towards the end of the track. She talks about how today's kids need someone to help or guide them, so the lead singer says that she is the "queen of the graceless kids."

Wreckage is somewhat similar to their 2015 album, California Nights. It's reminiscent of the beach-like vibes that you hear on that album. The track talks about how the lead singer can move on after all the bad things have happened.

Next, they slow it down with Rollercoaster. While it is slowed down a bit, they don't forget to have that rock element involved. There's a lot of elements from the 90s and 00s infused in this track, so it's a little nostalgic in feeling. As I've been talking about in previous tracks, the message remains the same.

I was a bit surprised and pleased with Master Of My Own Mind. With speeding up the tempo a bit with the rock, they also incorporated a synth that appears mostly at the beginning of the track. It actually ends up working pretty well but surprised they haven't included it that much in other tracks. The bridge towards the end adds to the emotion of the track and how she needs to stay in control of her life.

True sets the tone again with a slower track, and it is basically a love ballad. In this track, Bethany Cosentino talks about her newfound love and talks about how she knows it's real love. Instrumentally, it builds up throughout the track which is nice to hear every little detail added with every repeat of the chorus.

Seeing Red talks about how it's okay to be at low points sometime in your life. She feels like she's alone and at a tough point in her life. However, she accepts the fact and keeps moving on. Instrumentally, there's nothing really new.

Make It Last starts out with distorted guitar sounds that sound a little muffled. It eventually opens into the actual track after about ten seconds. Throughout the track, "over and over" is repeated. Best Coast ties that into the track by repeating that through the outro and talking about how they can't let this go on any further, which could be a reference to a relationship.

The last track, and surprisingly the longest track is Used To Be. It also starts out with the drone of a guitar that started towards the end of the previous track. Bethany Cosentino wants to think that things will go back to what they used to be, but she has already let that idea go and is "accepting the unknown."

Best Coast has released another solid album, but unfortunately, there aren't too many tracks that make it unique. Some of the tracks just bleed into each other and sound similar to the other tracks on the album. It might be because they don't change much instrumentally throughout, but they follow the same progression. I enjoy the message and concept Bethany tried to show in her lyrics, but musically, I would have enjoyed hearing more experimentation.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Different Light, Graceless Kids, Used To Be

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