Always Tomorrow (album)

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Always Tomorrow
Best Coast - Always Tomorrow.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)
Length39:28
LabelConcord
Producer
Best Coast chronology
California Nights
(2015)
Always Tomorrow
(2020)
Singles from Always Tomorrow
  1. "For the First Time"
    Released: November 5, 2019
  2. "Everything Has Changed"
    Released: January 17, 2020
  3. "Different Light"
    Released: February 5, 2020
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Consequence of SoundB+[3]
Pitchfork6.5/10[4]
Rolling Stone[5]

Always Tomorrow is the fourth studio album by American rock duo Best Coast. It was released through Concord Music on February 21, 2020.[6] It is the band's first studio album in five years. The singles "For the First Time", "Everything Has Changed" and "Different Light" preceded the album's release.[7] The band began a tour in February 2020 in support of the album.[8]

Background[edit]

Bethany Cosentino said that after finishing the California Nights album and touring commitments, she felt "creatively paralyzed. I couldn't write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn't get any of it out", and believed "nothing was ever going to change". She later forced herself to write, coming up with the song "Everything Has Changed", and has called the album "the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out. [...] This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect."[9] Cosentino also got sober and began a "recovery and self-care process", which is reflected in much of the lyrics of the album.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Tim Sendra of AllMusic commented on the "numbing sameness of the lyrical content", finding that Cosentino retreads the same subject matter—the "changes she's been through"—in each song, and that there are only hints of a "positive direction" or a change to her "slacker drawl vocal style she uses to deliver each self-obsessed observation".[2] Conversely, Arielle Gordon of Pitchfork wrote that the album "showcases Cosentino's expanding range as a vocalist and songwriter" and that it is Cosentino's "musicianship and knack for melody that prevents these songs from turning to fluff".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Always Tomorrow track listing
No.TitleLength
1."Different Light"3:12
2."Everything Has Changed"3:33
3."For the First Time"3:38
4."Graceless Kids"3:09
5."Wreckage"3:24
6."Rollercoaster"3:50
7."Master of My Own Mind"3:16
8."True"3:19
9."Seeing Red"3:50
10."Make It Last"3:47
11."Used to Be"4:30
Total length:39:28

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Always Tomorrow
Chart (2020) Peak
position
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[10] 37
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[11] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zemler, Emily (January 17, 2020). "Hear Best Coast Preview New Album With 'Everything Has Changed'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Sendra, Tim. "Best Coast Always Tomorrow Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  3. ^ "Album Review: Best Coast Embrace Second Chances on Always Tomorrow". February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Arielle (February 22, 2020). "Best Coast: Always Tomorrow Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Grow, Kory (February 28, 2020). "Best Coast's 'Always Tomorrow' Feels Stuck Too Much in Today". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ "Best Coast confirm details of new album 'Always Tomorrow'". DIY. January 20, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Bloom, Madison; Minsker, Evan (November 5, 2019). "Best Coast Announce New Album, Share New Song "For the First Time": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Schatz, Lake (November 6, 2019). "Best Coast announce new album, Always Tomorrow, share "For the First Time": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  9. ^ Richards, Will (January 18, 2020). "Best Coast announce full details of new album 'Always Tomorrow', share video with 'Vanderpump Rules' stars". NME. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Best Coast Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  11. ^ "Best Coast Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2020.