User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 2 out of 37

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  1. Sep 15, 2010
    0
    A pale imitation of surf rock and girl group pop for people who've never listened to either genre in their lives. First off, I don't get where the surf rock comparisons are coming from, period. As for girl group pop, these kids' interpretation of it is honestly rather insulting, since their formula for it seems to be terrible lyrics, terrible musicianship, and all of it painfully hip. AllA pale imitation of surf rock and girl group pop for people who've never listened to either genre in their lives. First off, I don't get where the surf rock comparisons are coming from, period. As for girl group pop, these kids' interpretation of it is honestly rather insulting, since their formula for it seems to be terrible lyrics, terrible musicianship, and all of it painfully hip. All the songs are really amateurish pseudo-girl group garbage about boyfriends and talking to your cat with not a single memorable hook to be found. The most notable difference is, this girl doesn't have a Phil Spector or a Brian Wilson backing her up in the studio. The recording sounds completely lifeless. The Ronettes and the Beach Boys were not great because of their songwriting. They were great because they had awesome producers behind them who were constantly pushing the boundaries of what you could do with a recording studio. To try and strip down that style of pop and then pair it with an ultra-clean recording is completely missing the point, especially if you're never going to even attempt to rise above it in terms of songwriting. Even her early singles managed to get by on at least the merits of the super lo-fi recording - and "The Sun Was High" still stands as pretty much the only good song this band has released. Unfortunately, the sound on the album has been noticeably cleaned up to the point of making it sound really sanitized. So what you're left with is a bland recording of lame pop songs, without a scrap of originality anywhere. The hype around this band should have died the second this album dropped. It's a failure on every level. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    3
    One of the worst albums I've ever heard. Incredibly uninspired. I'd understand if the lyrics were at least decent, but they never go much deeper than "I wish he was my boyfriend / I wish he was my boyfriend."
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. The catch is that through all her generalizations it soon becomes clear that she needs that guy much more than a postmodern girl is supposed to. Too bad she can't pin it down and also can't pin him down. I blame the weed.
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    50
    Consentino's certainly got an ear for a hook, and her trio makes good use of them, but you can only sing about your cat, weed, and loneliness for so many songs.
  3. Though Best Coast's music is fairly sunny-like beach music for kids who reek of patchouli-Crazy For You contains a core of sadness mixed with sickness that's difficult to embrace.