Cosentino, Bethany / Natural Disaster
Album: Natural Disaster   Collection:General
Artist:Cosentino, Bethany   Added:Sep 2023
Label:Concord Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-09-17 Pull Date: 2023-11-19
Week Ending: Nov 19 Nov 12 Nov 5 Oct 29 Oct 22 Oct 15 Oct 8 Oct 1
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 12, 2024: KZSU Time Traveler
Natural Disaster
4. Nov 25, 2023: Music Casserole
It’s Fine (Radio Edit), Natural Disaster
2. Dec 01, 2023: KZSU Time Traveler
Real Life (Radio Edit)
5. Nov 24, 2023: KZSU Time Traveler
Real Life (Radio Edit)
3. Nov 25, 2023: Hanging In The Boneyard
It’s Fine (Radio Edit)
6. Nov 17, 2023: KZSU Time Traveler
Natural Disaster

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2023-09-14
“Natural Disaster” Bethany Cosentino
Solo debut of former Best Coast frontwoman, Bethany Cosentino. Radio-friendly, sunny pop rock, with a hint of Nashville (where the L.A.-based singer-songwriter recorded the album) on some of the tracks. Passionate, personal lyrics about dealing with the twists and turns of modern life, with frequent references to love — sung in Cosentino’s powerful vocals. Catchy melodies spun in carefree and uplifting arrangements — supported by a solid backing band composed of Nashville session players. RIYL: Sheryl Crow, Jenny Lewis, Michelle Branch, Indigo Girls.
— Francis

Highly recommended: 3, 1, 6, 4, 9, 7, 2. FCCs on tracks 3 and 9 have been edited.

1. (3:39) Natural Disaster — Bouncy and breezy — a nicely swaying pop tune, but with a serious underlying message about global warming. Strummy, ironically with a nod to Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun.” ****
2. (3:56) Outta Time — Uplifting, driving anthem with a big guitar solo. Harmonized vocals in the choruses. ***
3. (3:46) It’s Fine (Radio Edit) — The single. A confident strut as Cosentino looks back at how much she’s grown since Best Coast’s debut 13 years ago. She sings to an unknown ex, “I am evolved/You’ve stayed the same.” ****
4. (3:44) Easy — A piano ballad that builds throughout. Plaintive vocals soar over the keyboards, as Cosentino contemplates regrets and what might have been. ***
5. (2:48) A Single Day — Starts with just guitar and vocals and then expands into toe-tapping alt country, with pedal steel embellishments.
6. (3:16) My Own City — Another anthemic tune that ramps into a rocker with a clock-like beat, rich harmonized vocals and lead guitar solos. ****
7. (3:53) For A Moment — Another tune that straddles the line between pop rock and alt country. Disarmingly vulnerable lyrics examine life’s quandaries, with a nod toward how love can transform. ***
8. (3:18) Calling On Angels — Up-tempo, guitar-driven rocker. Title pays homage to the Train song, although the melody is not at all similar.
9. (3:21) Real Life (Radio Edit) — Shuffling rhythm with longing vocals. Piano, guitar and storytelling lyrics. ***
10. (3:27) Hope You’re Happy Now — Slow-burning, dreamy ballad with shimmering keys and guitars.
11. (3:59) It’s A Journey — Simple strummed guitar and mandolin. Soaring vocals as Cosentino sings about finding the way on her journey.
12. (2:48) I’ve Got News For You — Halting, wistful piano ballad closer. Very spare arrangement, almost like a demo before it’s been fully produced. Cosentino’s vocals stand out against the emptiness. **
13. (3:46) It’s Fine (Unedited) — Non-radio safe version of Track 3. (FCC: shit)
14. (3:21) Real Life (Unedited) — Non-radio safe version of Track 9. (FCC: f-ck)

Track Listing
1. Natural Disaster   8. Calling On Angels
2. Outta Time   9. Real Life (Radio Edit)
3. It’s Fine (Radio Edit)   10. Hope You’re Happy Now
4. Easy   11. It’s A Journey
5. A Single Day   12. I’ve Got News For You
6. My Own City   13. It's Fine (Unedited)
7. For A Moment   14. Real Life (Unedited)