Album review - 'Always Tomorrow' by Best Coast
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
This album is really great. It really surprised me. Not that I didn’t expect it to be good—I did, but I don’t know that I expected it to be great, and like I just said, it really is…
TL;DR: Favorite track: "Different Light" Least favorite track: "Used to Be"
It also doesn’t hurt that the lyrics were eerily relevant to me, and I have a feeling it isn’t just me. Anyone who is going through a big change in their life will find these lyrics super cathartic. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s almost a concept album (I love concept albums) about the ups and downs of change (with the dominant overtone being an uplifting and hopeful one). The opening track, “Different Light,” is really brilliant. The song is about how the narrator used to be a victim of black-and-white thinking (something I myself have really struggled with) but she has now overcome it (I am working on overcoming it and getting there). She fears that her new outlook will leave her one day (all of us with a newly-found more pleasant outlook often fear that, I think). On top of all this, she makes a point of not judging those who are still thinking in black-and-white, even if they currently have no intention of trying to get out of that mindset—because so recently, she was in that headspace herself. A really, really relatable track. The next track, “Everything Has Changed,” has a great refrain that kind of reaffirms the preceding track—“everything has changed/I like it this way.” Then we have “For the First Time,” which was another one of my favorites. I especially thought the lyric “I feel like myself again/But for the first time” was really smart…because there’s that cliché of language, “I feel like myself again!,” but for her, she feels like herself for the first time. There’s no ‘again’ to draw from because she was never really herself before. With the positive changes I’m trying to make in my own life, with (honestly) very little model backstory to draw from, I can really relate to that—and again, I’m sure I’m not the only one. I think Bethany just has this gift for writing super relatable lyrics. “Graceless Kids” is kind of a cathartic song about insecurity and having popularity or clout that you feel is undeserved. “Master of My Own Mind” is another favorite, which is about—obviously—becoming the master of your own mind, which has enslaved you for so long, and how that can be a constant battle at first. “True” really hit home too; it’s about having a great partner and you just subconsciously sabotage the relationship because of your own insecurities, but you’re trying to stop. So that’s another great one… Then we have a few more songs about relationships, but listed above are the standouts. A great album, exactly what (especially) we in our 20s and 30s need to hear. Couldn’t have been much better.