Harvest / Virgin
Rating: 7 green straws out of 10
Best Coast signs with a major label and their sound gets considerably more polished. Surprising? Of course not. It's also not a bad thing in my opinion - the pop songs Bethany Cosentino has been writing all along could have easily gone this route if the money had been there - the only reason this band was ever considered "indie" in the first place was because they didn't have the money behind them to be otherwise. Songs like "In My Eyes" or "Run Through My Head" are no different than something Kelly Clarkson would release, they're just coming from a band with more street cred. The thing is though, those two songs are catchy as shit, as are many others on this album, and in the realm of pop music that's all that really matters. The only thing keeping this band from being all over top 40 radio at this point is purely luck (and/or getting the fat envelopes of money into the hands of the correct station managers). God knows if it was 1985 a band and an album this polished and likable would be everywhere; guess we'll just have to wait and see what 2015 holds...