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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
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  1. May 15, 2012
    3
    I'd been looking forward to this album since my first listen of Crazy for You. With only one track that I have any desire to listen to on repeat, The Only Place is most certainly a disappointment. This album is completely lacking in the catchy melodies and memorable riffs that made Crazy for You so great. Bethany uses her lyrics rather than her songwriting to continue the beachy SouthernI'd been looking forward to this album since my first listen of Crazy for You. With only one track that I have any desire to listen to on repeat, The Only Place is most certainly a disappointment. This album is completely lacking in the catchy melodies and memorable riffs that made Crazy for You so great. Bethany uses her lyrics rather than her songwriting to continue the beachy Southern California vibe that held the first album together so successfully through it's music. I was expecting a sophomore slump from Best Coast, but The Only Place just sounds empty. I did find a couple of saving graces however, in Bethany's new and improved clean vocals, first hinted at in the iTunes Session, and in the standout track, "No One Like You" which is really the only track that sounds new AND maintains the standard set by the first album, hinting at a possible future direction for the band perhaps? Well, time to get excited about album number three. Expand
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66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    60
    It's still summer music, but The Only Place captures that moment when it's time to wrap a cardigan around your shoulders against the chill. [Jun 2012, p.83]
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    Themes of fun, sun and beach-bum ennui pervade, but even if it fails to reach the summery stoner highs of their previous record, there's no denying The Only Place's indomitable West Coast pop-rock melodies and sugary thrills. [Jun 2012, p.97]
  3. Kerrang!
    Jun 7, 2012
    80
    BC's second album fizzes with both upbeat hymns to fun in the sun and achingly sad odes to lost love. [May 2012, p.53