Bloom

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: May 15, 2012
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 171
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  1. May 21, 2012
    6
    There's a time bands and artists in general must know the time to take a break and regather inspiration. Beach House should do that for a while in a course of releasing album after album with no real gaps between. Bloom sounds like we are listening the same album twice... this album would be Teen Dream. Most of the songs in Bloom are clearly reminiscent from their predecessor release: AlexThere's a time bands and artists in general must know the time to take a break and regather inspiration. Beach House should do that for a while in a course of releasing album after album with no real gaps between. Bloom sounds like we are listening the same album twice... this album would be Teen Dream. Most of the songs in Bloom are clearly reminiscent from their predecessor release: Alex structure to craft more pop oriented and pleasant riffs keeps going on here, but they are not as much brilliant or catchy as before. The melodies in general are not too much inspired, the lyrics are liter and brighter as ever, and what was good previously on Beach House catalogue remains goods here, but we have this odd impression we have heard that before and it was better. The album is not bad and far from mediocre, but lack inspiration and remarakable tunes. Is probably perfect for listeners who expect from Beach House background music. Though, is quite hard to imagine somebody chatting about how was the day with friends while Gila or 10 Mile Stereo is playing, is easy to picture somebody even washing dishes while most of Bloom songs are running on the playlist. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2012
    5
    As onerous and harmonically flaccid as the equally overrated 'Lonerism', none of the tracks on 'Bloom' live up to the title's promise. With this Lp, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally finally admit that they have a formula, and they're not keen on deviating from it, thank you very much. The opening track, 'Myth' sets the pace for the entire album - itself being little more than rerun ofAs onerous and harmonically flaccid as the equally overrated 'Lonerism', none of the tracks on 'Bloom' live up to the title's promise. With this Lp, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally finally admit that they have a formula, and they're not keen on deviating from it, thank you very much. The opening track, 'Myth' sets the pace for the entire album - itself being little more than rerun of Billy Idol's 'Eyes Without a Face' run through some expensive studio equipment. For the next hour or so, song after song of synthetically birthed melody shuffles along at an exceptionally polite, mid-tempo pace. That's not to say this album is bad. If you've never listened to Beach House or haven't already had your fill of dream-pop over the past 20 years, by all means buy the album, you'll enjoy it. But if you've already heard 'Teen Dream' or 'Devotion', than frankly, you've already heard 'Bloom'. Expand
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    40
    Melodies, hooks, and choruses evince Beach House's candy core, but the nonexistent separation of sound makes the Blooming disc sound as if it's filtered through a dryer vent.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    80
    It is a lot like Teen dream, but novelty is hardly the point: if Beach House are your type, then Bloom is unlikely to see the attraction wither. [Jun 2012, p.93]
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    60
    Bloom has continued making Beach House a Thing in indie music, a band that has a feasible future, that won't be just forgotten and left by the wayside. It's nothing to get excited about.