Beach House - Beach House
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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. 80
    Through the simplicity of their languid melodies, Beach House access a portal into pop's truly uncanny nature. [Jan 2007, p.93]
  4. Over quiet, shuffling drum machine beats, the two spill out woozy guitars, vocals, and organs into slightly off-kilter pop nuggets that sound like they could have been made at any point in the past thirty (or more) years.
  5. Think Broadcast with a warmer heart, or Luna with a mechanical one. [#15]
  6. Finding the best bits in these sleepy songs often feels like hard work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. MaxW
    Nov 17, 2006
    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. AdamL-S
    Feb 14, 2007
    Gorgeous...I don't care who they sound like, they create beautiful songs just the same. First half of the album is absolutely entrancing.
  3. Stoo
    Dec 11, 2007
    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
  4. RG
    May 13, 2007
    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. HeathH
    Nov 2, 2006
    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
  6. BillH
    Oct 30, 2006
    Pretty good woozy album. Nice background album
  7. zipgunzipgun
    Nov 9, 2006
    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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