Bloom - Beach House
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the indie pop band was produced by Chris Coady.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. May 14, 2012
    This is an album that is simply, in the most awe-inspired sense of the term, absolutely golden from end to end – a real treasure and an utter delight to experience every time you play it.
  2. May 14, 2012
    In 2006, it seemed like Beach House couldn't outlive Beach House. In 2012, Bloom is the bar to clear.
  3. May 7, 2012
    They have crafted an album that feels very much like the score for an imaginary film--an avant-garde French film, to be precise, an extended nocturne encompassing romance and its aftermath, the inexorable passage of time, and the preciousness of the fleeting moment. [Jun 2012, p.81]
  4. Jun 20, 2012
    Bloom is one of those rare records that skirt close to perfection, an effortless and intriguing listen that can't help but drag a more significant audience into Bloom's orbit. [Jun 2012, p.98]
  5. May 15, 2012
    The melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort.
  6. May 15, 2012
    It all makes for a lovely lullaby of an album, but it just doesn't result in many songs.
  7. 40
    Pleasantly undemanding for a few tracks, the album just seems to evaporate away halfway through, as if even its creators couldn't retain interest in it, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. May 15, 2012
    The band's strongest work yet. Beach House has continually progressed dropping weak points and refining the positive points. It culminates in this masterpiece, "Bloom". It really grabs me emotionally particularly on the second half of the album. This is so much more than pretty melodies and rhythms. The entire album is meticulously crafted. It holds up to severe scrutiny. There is no fluff. It is a nearly flawless record from beginning to end. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2013
    Beach House’s fourth album is so brilliant in both senses of the words because one lends to the other. Bloom’s sonic landscape is so irresistible, its searing nocturnal melodies pulls the listener in and fill him/her with a sense of awe I can only liken to viewing a monumental visually striking artwork. It is thus brilliant like a gem, which it figuratively is, a flawless textural musical work; and that is the origin of its creative merit, brilliance in the second sense. Bloom is the dark, esoteric twin to Teen Dream’s passionate and sensual persona, both among the greatest Dream Pop albums ever. Expand
  3. May 19, 2012
    A wonderful, creative album again. Everything is so perfect that almost touches unreal. Just being short of competing the best albums this year which are still Perfume Genius, The Menzingers and Anais Mitchell. Critics whose scores are below 70 should just be ashamed of what they have written. "The Hours" and more-than-8 minutes long "Irene" are the highlights of the album to me. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2012
    Bloom is everything Beach House set out to do. They are labeled a "dream pop" band and dream pop is exactly what they deliver on their fourth studio album. It's not an improvement on their near perfect predecessor Teen Dream, but it comes pretty close. Their sound is unlike anything else and that's what really sets them apart from other bands. All In All, Bloom is a fantastic album that, sounds cliche, gets better with each repeated listen. A- Expand
  5. May 16, 2012
    Taken as a whole, this album was consistently better than Teen Dream. The highs weren't quite as high, but the lows weren't as low. I don't understand criticism that their sound hasn't been retooled much, this time around it all sounds much bigger, more involved and deliberate. Expand
  6. May 17, 2012
    I have to say that I really didnt enjoy Beach House's first two albums when they came out, but I really thoroughly enjoyed Teenage Dream. If you enjoyed that album, then you will also enjoy this one as it sounds very similar...which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Otherwise one of the best albums, if not slightly unoriginal, that I have heard thus far this year. Expand
  7. May 20, 2012
    Another unoriginal boring album not unlike their previous pile of rubbish. I would not recommend it to anyone with a modicum music listening experience. Expand

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