When Will I Change
Label: Harvest Records
Best Coast's third album finds its California spirit in the dense guitar candyswirls of mid-'90s Hole. Little cathedrals of shiny fuzz are built to house the long, woozy vowels of its toothache melodies, like the besotten chant of "Heaven Sent" and the hopeful chorus of "When Will I Change," which trails away anxiously into guitar beauty without answering the question. Underneath the aching breakups ("Run Through My Head") and battles with insomnia ("Sleep Won't Ever Come") runs the same persistent stoner anxiety: "I don't mind all this wasted time/ Just wish I had something to show for it."