Fade Away (Best Coast EP)

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Fade Away
Best Coast - Fade Away.png
EP by Best Coast
Released October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)
Recorded 2013
Studio Wax Ltd
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 27:02
Label Jewel City
Producer Wally Gagel
Best Coast chronology
The Only Place
(2012)The Only Place2012
Fade Away
(2013)
California Nights
(2015)California Nights2015
Singles from Fade Away
  1. "Fear of My Identity"/"Who Have I Become?"
    Released: April 20, 2013

Fade Away is the sixth extended play (EP) by American indie rock duo Best Coast, released on October 22, 2013 on frontwoman Bethany Cosentino's label Jewel City. Produced by Wally Gagel, the EP was recorded at Wax Ltd's studios, and was inspired by musical acts like Mazzy Star, Patsy Cline, and My Bloody Valentine. Cosentino wrote "Fear of My Identity" about "having an existential crisis" after using the sedative Ambien.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of Sound D[7]
DIY 3/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 3/10[2]
Exclaim! 7/10[8]
The Fly 3/5 stars[9]
NME 6/10[10]
Pitchfork 7.4/10[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]

Fade Away received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the EP received an average score of 67, based on 15 reviews.[4]

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone viewed Fade Away as a combination of the band's first two albums, describing it as "masterfully archetypal but utterly [Cosentino's] own."[12] Alternative Press called the EP the band's "best work to date", remarking, "Lyrically introspective, musically tight and vocally resolute [...] Fade Away sounds like a reclamation record for Bethany Cosentino."[6] Pitchfork deemed it a return to form for the band, noting that "[t]here are touches of sophistication across Fade Away that Best Coast haven't been able to achieve until now."[11]

Accolades[edit]

Rolling Stone placed Fade Away at number 35 on their list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013, writing, "It's just seven songs but still felt like a breakthrough."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bethany Cosentino.

No. Title Length
1. "This Lonely Morning" 2:41
2. "I Wanna Know" 3:28
3. "Who Have I Become?" 4:53
4. "Fear of My Identity" 3:38
5. "Fade Away" 4:18
6. "Baby I'm Crying" 4:30
7. "I Don't Know How" 3:34

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Fade Away.[14]

Best Coast

  • Bethany Cosentino – guitars, keyboards, vocals
  • Bobb Bruno – bass, guitars

Additional personnel

  • Xandy Barry – additional engineering, piano
  • Bryan Collins – artwork
  • Ricky Cosentino – drums ("Who Have I Become?", "Fear of My Identity")
  • Wally Gagel – additional guitars, engineering, keyboards, mixing, percussion, production
  • Pete Lyman – mastering
  • Brett Mielke – 12-string electric guitar, lap steel
  • Brady Miller – drums

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[15] 122

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Swann, Emma (October 16, 2013). "Best Coast – Fade Away". DIY. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Fenwick, Tom (October 18, 2013). "Best Coast – Fade Away". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Album Review: Fade Away – Best Coast". The Lance. November 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Fade Away [EP] by Best Coast". Metacritic. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Fade Away – Best Coast". AllMusic. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Davees, Bree (December 2, 2013). "Best Coast Fade Away EP". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kivel, Adam (October 22, 2013). "Best Coast – Fade Away". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Gormely, Ian (October 18, 2013). "Best Coast: Fade Away". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ Homewood, Ben (October 18, 2013). "Best Coast – 'Fade Away'". The Fly. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ Barlow, Eve (October 18, 2013). "Best Coast – 'Fade Away' EP". NME. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Battan, Carrie (October 21, 2013). "Best Coast: Fade Away". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Dolan, Jon (November 4, 2013). "Best Coast: Fade Away". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Best Coast, 'Fade Away EP' | 50 Best Albums of 2013". Rolling Stone. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Fade Away (CD liner notes). Best Coast. Jewel City. 2013. JWCY001EP1. 
  15. ^ "Chart Search: Fade Away (EP) – Best Coast". Billboard. Retrieved April 29, 2017.