Fade Away (Best Coast EP)

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Fade Away
Best Coast - Fade Away.png
EP by
ReleasedOctober 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)
Recorded2013
StudioWax Ltd
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length27:02
LabelJewel City
ProducerWally Gagel
Best Coast chronology
The Only Place
(2012)
Fade Away
(2013)
California Nights
(2015)
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. It was 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 the song "Fear of My Identity" about "having an existential crisis" after using the sedative Ambien.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic67/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundD[7]
DIY3/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound3/10[2]
Exclaim!7/10[8]
The Fly3/5 stars[9]
NME6/10[10]
Pitchfork7.4/10[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 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.TitleLength
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]

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 (November 4, 2018). "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. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  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, 2018.
  13. ^ "Best Coast, 'Fade Away EP' | 50 Best Albums of 2013". Rolling Stone. December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Fade Away (liner notes). Best Coast. Jewel City. 2013. JWCY001EP1.
  15. ^ "Best Coast Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2018.