Devotion - Beach House
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the Baltimore-based indie-rock duo.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Beach House have created as profound an invocation of the sacred and the sentimental as you’re ever likely to hear.
  2. 84
    Slide guitars and steel drums seduce the listener into a world of gentle pain, making for a sophomore album that is, like its predecessor, a beautiful collection of songs and images seemingly constructed upon repulsion and ennui.
  3. 80
    The melodies and arrangements take center stage, and they're consistently stunning. [Winter 2008, p.97]
  4. Devotion has that same opiated warmth that left me lying in a bed of rose petals for long stretches last year, and though I would have preferred a bigger growth spurt from the Baltimore duo, they shot up at least enough to warrant a new pencil mark a half-inch/inch above where I placed them in ‘06.
  5. 70
    One almost has to listen closely to take notice of Devotion’s every last little benumbed intricacy but it’s as rewarding as it is tantalizing.
  6. Devotion is a delicate, often gorgeous listen that flows remarkably well, though I can’t help but attribute its coherence to the utter lack of variation among its eleven songs.
  7. Rather than fading into you, they're content to simply fade away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 8, 2013
    Beach House will always be special because, well, their music is just special. The spooky soft vocals, perfect instrumentation and just beauty of this record makes it one of the best albums of 2008 Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    Definitely still listen to this album, it was great and in my opinion very underrated. Their new work is good but in my opinion this album is just as good, if not better. Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    Beach House's sophomore album takes Beach House to greater heights. The production is so lush, dreamy even that you can't help but get sucked into it's beauty. It really is a beautiful album. The lyrics are great, Legrand's vocals are very emotional, and the whole feel of this LP is amazing. All In All, Devotion does take time to fully fathom, but once you're wrapped into it's sound, it doesn't get anymore beautiful. B+ Expand
  4. Jan 28, 2013
    Their sophomore record is just as odd as their self-titled debut. While songs like Turtle Island or All The Years are very chilling and beautiful, they ruin it (at least in my eyes) with queer ballads like D.A.R.L.I.N.G. or Gila. The lyrics are full with metaphors which takes a nice effect on the listener, yet can't change the fact that Devotion is a extremely strange album. Expand

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