Best Coast, "Crazy For You"

87 Billboard Rating

"I want you." "I miss you." "I wanna be with you all the time." "Wish he was my boyfriend." The ideas on Best Coast's debut album, "Crazy for You," don't get much more complicated than these. Led by Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, Best Coast's unpoetic simplicity, carried on salty sea air, is what holds much of the band's immediate appeal. The set sounds like it was recorded by an early-'60s girl-group in a riot grrrl's bedroom - songs of summer crushes and gloomy breakups, and harmonized "ooh's" and "ah's" over the Ronettes' rhythm and grungy minor chords. Cosentino's weed-soaked croon aches with teen preoccupation and short attention span, repeating lines like "When I'm with you, I have fun" and "I hate sleeping alone" until another tanned boy catches her eye. There's a musical and rhythmic uniformity among these 13 tracks that might lose ears beyond the album's brisk 29 minutes, but it reflects a consistent summer ambivalence to which most anyone can relate.

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