Average User Score: 9.0Jul 28, 2013A wonderful album; a refreshing throwback to the psychedelia art rock of the mid late 60s while not feeling overly nostalgic, it feels freshA wonderful album; a refreshing throwback to the psychedelia art rock of the mid late 60s while not feeling overly nostalgic, it feels fresh and new. Fantastic guitar riff driven psychedelia dominate the heavily layered productions; very experimentally produced music that doesn't go over your head but feels like there is more than meets the ear on the first listen. Apocalypse Dreams, Keep on Lying and Endors Toi stick out to me as the standout tracks, but the entire album is fantastic. Kevin Parker is an incredible composer and I can't wait for what he's going to do next. I will say though that I think his side project, Melody's Echo Chamber with his girlfriend Melody Prochet, builds and improves upon this sound; it's honestly a better album, if at the very least it's equal. If you like Tame Impala and Lonerism you must check out Melody's Echo Chamber, you will not be disappointed.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Jul 28, 2013An absolutely incredible album. Kevin Parker's main project Tame Impala got all of the attention last year, but this is his album that shouldAn absolutely incredible album. Kevin Parker's main project Tame Impala got all of the attention last year, but this is his album that should have been getting the attention. It is a much stronger album, very experimental, with incredible cutting guitar riffs and beautifully brooding synths. The weird noises, the buzzes and the laser sounds fit better with this particular sound than they do on Lonerism. Beatles influences are still present, but don't dominate the record as they did on Lonerism, personally I hear more of a Radiohead influence than a Beatles influence here. I also prefer Melody Prochet's singing to Kevin Parker's but that is all personal preference as both are incredible vocalists. I think this is a much better realized album then Lonerism and is Kevin Parker's best work to date. Incredible album, fans of Tame Impala, Psychedelia and Indie Rock should love this album. 10/10, it's as perfect as an album can get!… Expand
Average User Score: tbdJul 31, 2012a solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its stilla solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its still very solid. Denise continues to grow into a very talented singer and front woman, and evan seems to have decided to focus his efforts more on guitar work rather than brooding synths. Highly recommended for any fan of dreampop or indie rock.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Jul 25, 2012Many, including myself, wondered how beach house could possibly follow up their 2010 masterpiece Teen Dream. Beach House responded to thisMany, including myself, wondered how beach house could possibly follow up their 2010 masterpiece Teen Dream. Beach House responded to this doubt by creating their largest and most elegant record to date, Bloom, an utter masterpiece. Bloom is one of the finest records created in the 21st century. The tracks are massive in scope, starting out small and quiet, slowly building towards their eventual greatness.
I will attest to the fact that I generally consider lyrics to be very unimportant as, in my opinion, they are the most superficial aspect of music and are not representative of true musical talent or ability; however, I will fully admit that Bloom has some of the best lyrics and lyrical songwriting that I have heard; Victoria and Alex truly know how to write strong, meaningful songs.
Victoria's voice on this album is absolutely incredible, she has one of the most beautiful and elegant voices in music; incredible range and a very unique timbre. She may be currently my favourite vocalist.
I find the entire album to be incredible, however, if I would recommend for new listeners and previous beach house fans to check out Troublemaker, The Hours, Lazuli and Myth as these are the standouts IMO, however, like I said the entire album is incredible
Already in May i think I have heard the best album of the year, Bloom, an album that is likely to be studied by musicians, critics and music theorists alike and recalled as the best work that of the 2000s/2010s dreampop movement.… Expand