by Best Coast
- Record Label: Harvest
- Release Date: May 5, 2015
- Summary: The third full-length release for the indie pop duo was produced by Wally Gagel.
- Record Label: Harvest
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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|I stay high all the time Just to get by I climb into the sky And my eyes, they cry California nights Make me feel so happy I could die But I try to...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 20 out of 26
Mixed: 6 out of 26
Negative: 0 out of 26
May 4, 2015With songs and production this pumped, they’ll continue to make waves far outside their beloved home state.
May 1, 2015Granted, they may not be reinventing the wheel, but the duo feel reinvigorated.
Apr 29, 2015Like its predecessor, it’s a little too long, but California Nights reaffirms the things that Crazy for You had me believing and The Only Place had me doubting; that Cosentino is a fine songwriter with a keen ear for melody, that Bruno’s guitar work is the perfect foil for her.
Apr 29, 2015It’s not a perfect ride.... Cosentino’s honeyed vocal is the only true constant. It’s a radiating sunbeam.
May 4, 2015The focused California Nights nevertheless cements Best Coast as one of the few bands capable of straddling the line between intimacy and mass appeal.
May 6, 2015California Nights is a professional album: heavy-ish, filled with hooks, somewhere between "fast enough to dance" and "slow enough to sigh to while looking out of a window."
Q MagazineApr 29, 2015The polished alt-rock on show here may be serviceable and vaguely reminiscent of Hole circa Live Through This, but it also lacks any of the band's own DNA. [Jun 2015, p.100]
Positive: 4 out of 4
Mixed: 0 out of 4
Negative: 0 out of 4
May 5, 2015Best Coast's attempt at a more polished and hard rocking sound is mission accomplished. They come out with a more confident put together soundBest Coast's attempt at a more polished and hard rocking sound is mission accomplished. They come out with a more confident put together sound from their previous albums. Bethany still brings that melodic tone pining about loves lost and adored and of course the majesty of California. The guitars sound much bigger, i.e. on When Will I Change. I believe this album is going to play better to live crowds as Best Coast continues on their tour. A very enjoyable alt-rock album overall. Well done!… Expand
May 6, 2015Best Coast have proven with 'California Nights' that they are one of the foremost bands in the indie-pop genre and this super summery albumBest Coast have proven with 'California Nights' that they are one of the foremost bands in the indie-pop genre and this super summery album will sound awesome in the sunshine. 'Feeling Ok' has an awesome hook and this album is full of them, though the tracks do become a little samey at times. The title track 'California Nights' does provide the opportunity for the band to kick back though and this is a really woozy, moody tune that relaxes and enthrals all at once.… Expand
Jul 2, 2018After an amazing debut way back in 2010, Best Coast, either naturally or by design, changed direction with their reasonably decent 2nd album.After an amazing debut way back in 2010, Best Coast, either naturally or by design, changed direction with their reasonably decent 2nd album. In my opinion it didn't quite suit the duo and lacked the fun factor that made their debut so vital and enjoyable. Without being bad, "The Only Place" was disappointing next to "Crazy For You". Follow up EP "Fade Away", regained some of their debuts solar energy but couldn't quite repeat the trick of "Crazy For You". 6 years on from their initial releases the band seem to have made a concentrated effort to get back to the sunkissed surf pop that proved so successfull for them initially. Album number 3, "California Nights" is packed with catchy pop rock power chord riffs, bright vocals but with contrasting darker lyrical themes. While their earlier work often dealt with relationship problems and young love, there was always large amounts of fun and light heartedness going on. One of my favourite lines from "Crazy For You" was "I'm sorry I lost your favourite t-shirt, I'll buy you a new, one a better one". This summed up the purposefully immature yet appealling and fun perspective of the band in terms of relationships. "California Nights" deals more with themes of medication, anxiety and depression, jealousy and abandonement. Dark themes but matched with upbeat pop tunes, a trick the Smith's perfected in the 80's. Overall, "California Nights" is a highly enjoyable listen, if not wholly satisfying. You need to go in with your eyes open in terms of your expections for the album. Radiohead this is not but music doesn't always have to be about pushing the boundaries. Sometimes its just about enjoying some decent tunes.… Expand
Jun 14, 2015this album is everything i wanted it to be man, just a straight up fun, fuzzy, pop garage record. If you look at it like that, and just havethis album is everything i wanted it to be man, just a straight up fun, fuzzy, pop garage record. If you look at it like that, and just have fun it's great.… Expand
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