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. MattM.
    Mar 17, 2008
    Amazing. 'Heart of chambers' is one of the best songs ever. Must have.
  3. BrendanD
    Aug 11, 2008
    This is just a gorgeous album to listen to on the beach on a cloudy day. Really. That sounds like it should be to its detriment, but it's not at all. This is one long mood piece, and it's for a very specific setting (don't, for instance, listen to this on a sunny day if you're looking to feel all Beach-Boys-y happy). But the harmonies are glorious, and the music is as beautiful as anything you're likely to hear this year. Expand
  4. JeremyF.
    Mar 16, 2008
    Beach House's debut was a nice little offering, but it failed to sound utterly complete. And now we have the follow up, Devotion, which does a good job of outdoing their debut in all ways. Lyrically, musically, and even the production is crisper. Whether it's soaring through the brilliant opener "Wedding Bell" or shining in the mist on the delicately beautiful "Turtle Island," Beach House are officially a force to be reckoned with. "Gila" stands out as the best track here, with brilliant "oh oh oh" refrains and hooky guitar lines. "You Came to Me" wallows in a dark cubicle, while "Heart Of Chambers" (one of the other highlights) bursts through with the best vocal line of the record. "All the Years" has a perfect melody and "Astronaut" is an airy, tender lullaby. The only misstep is "Holy Dances," which fails to impress me much, especially when wedged between two fantastic songs. Their version of "Some Things Last a Long Time" is brilliant in its smallness, making a short 6 lines feel so full and complete. And the ending note "Home Again" is a masterwork of a closer, leaving us with a soft bang. Devotion is a brilliant record, and it only makes me await the next advances in this wonderful dream pop duo's career. Expand
  5. JC
    Apr 18, 2008
    Yes, I can't tell the songs apart, but that is not because they all sound the same, they just go together so well. This is an album and there is no point in it that I want to advance to the next song (though "All The Years" is especially gripping). Ever watch a David Lynch movie and get that emotional tingle down the spine? Here is the soundtrack to that tingle. Expand
  6. 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
  7. 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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