AOTY 2019

The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #852 / 955
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2012 Ratings: #306
May 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mexican Summer / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The Only Place delivers riveting drama in a rousing pop package


One can pretty easily sniff out an artist that’s simply going through the motions; it’s one thing Cosentino could never be accused of—at least in this early stage of her career.

Beats Per Minute

Rather than an album you could expect to be performed by a young, charismatic band on some beach in LA, you get an album much like any nice, tidy pop album you’ll hear this year.

The 405

Perhaps it's not hugely inventive, but this is a catchy, fun record, and what more could you really ask for?

Drowned in Sound

It’s the sound of a group ably treading water while its scars are glossed over with a Golden State tan. 

A.V. Club

It’s a testament to how unobtrusive all these tweaks and refinements are that, despite Brion’s de-fuzzed production and Cosentino’s sudden country leanings, The Only Place still feels like its predecessor.


While shifts away from atmosphere and in the direction of personality and songwriting are often a sign of growth, here the clarity and sonic directness accentuate Best Coast's weakest quality: lyrics.

Consequence of Sound

That shine doesn’t help Cosentino, and it’s actually a detriment to her style.


What’s most frustrating about The Only Place is that growing Best Coast as a brand doesn’t go hand-in-hand with growing as a band.

No Ripcord

Cosentino takes herself way too seriously, and if she truly is “letting the public in on all of these personal things”, she does so with so little personality that it’s completely unengaging

Under The Radar

The Only Place is more polished than the debut, but its songs just aren't as catchy, and there aren't any new tricks being tested.


Here they’re going through the motions, missionary style, with mechanical jangly pop and the wince-inducing triteness of Cosentino’s lyrics.

Fun album, I feel like I have nothing else to say about this.
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Year End Lists

#14/Rolling Stone
#38/The Fly

Track List

  1. The Only Place 
  2. Why I Cry 
  3. Last Year 
  4. My Life 
  5. No One Like You 
  6. How They Want Me to Be 
  7. Better Girl 
  8. Do You Love Me Like You Used To 
  9. Dreaming My Life Away 
  10. Let's Go Home 
  11. Up All Night
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Added on: March 6, 2012