Beach House

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Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the much-blogged-about first album for the Baltimore duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Beach House’s debut is consistently candlelit, worn at its lacy edges, and at once vertiginous and embracing, somehow residing both at the hearth and on an icy precipice.
  2. Bands like Mazzy Star, Galaxie 500, Spiritualized, and Slowdive will come to mind, but this is neither pastiche nor homage.
  3. Getting used to the lethargic pace of Beach House takes some doing, but it's well worth the effort.
  4. Beach House is the perfect accompaniment for an introspective day, or night, of watching the globules of a lava lamp slowly float and sink.
  5. Ultimately, Beach House is a mood piece, finding a specific tone and lingering there for its entirety.
  6. Finding the best bits in these sleepy songs often feels like hard work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. MaxW
    Nov 17, 2006
    10
    This is easily my favorite album of the year. Get it now so you can say that you listened to them when they were just starting.
  2. Stoo
    Dec 11, 2007
    9
    Incredibly consistent and beautiful album. Unique sound, immersive atmosphere, and melodies that haunt you for days. there are no bad songs Incredibly consistent and beautiful album. Unique sound, immersive atmosphere, and melodies that haunt you for days. there are no bad songs on this album. can't wait for their next. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2015
    9
    A wonderful, charming, often hypnotizing, and interesting album. A wonderful introduction to Beach House and a solid set of enchanting songs,A wonderful, charming, often hypnotizing, and interesting album. A wonderful introduction to Beach House and a solid set of enchanting songs, especially for a first album. Expand
  4. RG
    May 13, 2007
    8
    That moment from eternal sunshine, when the house is disintegrating...if I was Jim Carey I would light a fire on the beach and listen to this That moment from eternal sunshine, when the house is disintegrating...if I was Jim Carey I would light a fire on the beach and listen to this record. hauntingly beautiful with strange strong structures complimenting and repeating each other. Expand
  5. JeremyF
    Aug 9, 2007
    8
    Beach House are an interesting musical force. While I don't agree with the rating they gave, MAGNET has a point: The individual songs Beach House are an interesting musical force. While I don't agree with the rating they gave, MAGNET has a point: The individual songs are not mind blowing, but the overall presentation and sound IS. So, therefore, this album is much better if you hear it in its entirety than one or two songs (unless that song is 'Apple Orchard,' the best one here.) The dreamy, wavy haze here is so mystifying and beautiful, and it's strangely gripping. I turn on 'Saltwater' and it's like I'm stepping into a whole new world of music -- It's so simplistic and seems so effortlessly created, but at the same time it is so effective. Songs like 'Auburn and Ivory' slip a little, but then they're rescued, again, by that overall feel and the vibes it produced. There's beautiful, BEAUTIFUL vocals throughout, and while maybe not completely understandable, you don't even care as you become soothed with whatever she says, and you feel like it's all OK. Listen to this album through headphones for the best experience, because it's meant to be intimately absorbed. This is a great album of true relaxation, simplicity, minimalism, and beauty. Those four things are Beach House. Expand
  6. HeathH
    Nov 2, 2006
    7
    Pretty good but not so original...Does anyone remember Opal? Dave Roebak(of Rain Parade and Mazzy Star) and Kendra Smith (of Dream Syndicate Pretty good but not so original...Does anyone remember Opal? Dave Roebak(of Rain Parade and Mazzy Star) and Kendra Smith (of Dream Syndicate and Clay Allison) - duo from the eighties?...These two sound remarkably like them.... Expand
  7. zipgunzipgun
    Nov 9, 2006
    0
    Boring as hell.Save your money and buy the original bands like Cocteau Twins,Slowdive and others from the High Times of British New Wave.

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