Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010

Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010
6. Best Coast Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Fuzzed out lo-fi recordings are all the rage, but Bethany Cosentino rises above her peers on her Best Coast debut, striking the perfect balance between reverb-drenched vocals and classic California pop hooks. Her plain voice and the simple arrangements belie the depth of sophistication in songwriting as she and co-conspirator Bobb Bruno capture the lonely teenager zeitgeist at the heart of Brian Wilson's immortal "In My Room." Songs about boys, weed and her cat reveal Cosentino to be just as anxious and filled with self-doubt as any 20-something with time on their hands, making Crazy for You, and Cosentino, instantly relatable.
Ian Gormely