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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the indie pop band was produced by Chris Coady.
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Myth
Drifting in and out See the road you're on You came rolling down the cheek You say just what you need And in between It's never as it seems Help me... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. May 14, 2012
    100
    This is an album that is simply, in the most awe-inspired sense of the term, absolutely golden from end to end – a real treasure and an utter delight to experience every time you play it.
  2. May 14, 2012
    90
    In 2006, it seemed like Beach House couldn't outlive Beach House. In 2012, Bloom is the bar to clear.
  3. Uncut
    May 7, 2012
    80
    They have crafted an album that feels very much like the score for an imaginary film--an avant-garde French film, to be precise, an extended nocturne encompassing romance and its aftermath, the inexorable passage of time, and the preciousness of the fleeting moment. [Jun 2012, p.81]
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    80
    Bloom is one of those rare records that skirt close to perfection, an effortless and intriguing listen that can't help but drag a more significant audience into Bloom's orbit. [Jun 2012, p.98]
  5. May 15, 2012
    70
    The melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort.
  6. May 15, 2012
    63
    It all makes for a lovely lullaby of an album, but it just doesn't result in many songs.
  7. 40
    Pleasantly undemanding for a few tracks, the album just seems to evaporate away halfway through, as if even its creators couldn't retain interest in it, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. May 15, 2012
    10
    The band's strongest work yet. Beach House has continually progressed dropping weak points and refining the positive points. It culminatesThe band's strongest work yet. Beach House has continually progressed dropping weak points and refining the positive points. It culminates in this masterpiece, "Bloom". It really grabs me emotionally particularly on the second half of the album. This is so much more than pretty melodies and rhythms. The entire album is meticulously crafted. It holds up to severe scrutiny. There is no fluff. It is a nearly flawless record from beginning to end. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    Beach House’s fourth album is so brilliant in both senses of the words because one lends to the other. Bloom’s sonic landscape is soBeach House’s fourth album is so brilliant in both senses of the words because one lends to the other. Bloom’s sonic landscape is so irresistible, its searing nocturnal melodies pulls the listener in and fill him/her with a sense of awe I can only liken to viewing a monumental visually striking artwork. It is thus brilliant like a gem, which it figuratively is, a flawless textural musical work; and that is the origin of its creative merit, brilliance in the second sense. Bloom is the dark, esoteric twin to Teen Dream’s passionate and sensual persona, both among the greatest Dream Pop albums ever. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2012
    10
    After finishing Beach House's 2010 record "Teen Dream" I wondered what would come next. How could they make another album that lived up to theAfter finishing Beach House's 2010 record "Teen Dream" I wondered what would come next. How could they make another album that lived up to the greatness "Teen Dream" had? To me, there was simply no way anyone, let alone Beach House could make another record that was as excellent as Teen Dream. However, after hearing "Myth", the first single from "Bloom", my concerns sufficed. Bloom is spectacular. It is astonishingly good. It's powerful and deep and euphoric and complex and absolutely gorgeous. It has such a BIG sound that is unparalleled. It is Beach House finally in full bloom. If Teen Dream was the bud, Bloom is the flower. Anyways, while it's excellent as a whole, there are a few songs that stand out. "Myth" is a near perfect opening track. It builds and builds and then explodes into the chorus while maintaining that luscious beat. "Troublemaker" starts small and modest, but quickly expands into one of the most euphoric tracks I've heard. However, "Troublemaker" and "Myth" pale in comparison to "On the Sea". On the Sea is hands down the best song I have ever listened to in my entire life. Nothing can compare. Words cannot begin to describe how this song makes me feel. It's a perfect track. 5:32 of pure bliss. If you don't own this album, get it. It's a timeless piece of music and its treasures are something to marvel at. Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    9
    Terrific album!!! Beach House has evolved in terms of sound: songs now have a heavy and real beat (they have a new drummer) instead ofTerrific album!!! Beach House has evolved in terms of sound: songs now have a heavy and real beat (they have a new drummer) instead of programmed beats, the sound is more complex, with more sound effects and the guitar line has more importance, with a clear and loud sound. You can't say is their best work, however. The album's second half decreases, and it doesn't show the same sound power as the first half. Nevertheless, it's a great album and it deserves a position in Top Best Albums of 2012 Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    Beach Houses's Bloom is beautiful, and emotionally gripping. It's an album full of lush, layered dream pop anthems and harmonies. Each andBeach Houses's Bloom is beautiful, and emotionally gripping. It's an album full of lush, layered dream pop anthems and harmonies. Each and every track packs it's own punch. Bloom is like watching a film, with no picture, you'll want to sit all the way through it, and building up to the album's finale, "Irene", you've sat through the best record of 2012. It's the band's finest. boldest and strongest work to date. Beach House has yet again, topped it's predecessor. Expand
  6. May 15, 2012
    8
    If you like Teen Dream, you'll like this. Similar style of album, not as many standout tracks on this one but I think it's a more consistentIf you like Teen Dream, you'll like this. Similar style of album, not as many standout tracks on this one but I think it's a more consistent record. There's not much variation on the record - it's like being in one long dream-pop trance. You'd wonder where this band will go from here - they need to change their sound a bit if they want to progress further. Expand
  7. May 20, 2012
    0
    Another unoriginal boring album not unlike their previous pile of rubbish. I would not recommend it to anyone with a modicum music listeningAnother unoriginal boring album not unlike their previous pile of rubbish. I would not recommend it to anyone with a modicum music listening experience. Expand

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