Average User Score: 8.9Dec 21, 2012As 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
Average User Score: 9.0Dec 21, 2012The universal acclaim this album is receiving can only be justified in light of the fact that professional critics often miss the boat on debut LPs and don't want to be caught with their pants down on the follow-up. 'Lonerism' is ponderous, repetitious, and defined by an almost total lack of harmonic development. With a bass-line cribbed from Spacehog's 1996 hit 'In the Meantime, 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' is the only song on the album that doesn't chase its own melodic tail for five minutes before departing as blandly as it arrived.
In 2010, "Innerspeaker's' Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles sound was welcome respite from an increasingly facile indie scene, but that album's edge and emotional depth is almost completely absent from 'Lonerism' -with crushing guitars being replaced by the droll sounds of phased synths and vaguely pointless lyrics.… Expand