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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie duo was produced with Chris Coady.
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Space Song
It was late at night You held on tight From an empty seat A flash of light It would take awhile To make you smile Somewhere in these eyes I'm on... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 91
    Singer Victoria Legrand has a refreshingly unshowy croon that’s one of the most seductive in pop, and her gorgeous synth drones and guitarist Alex Scally’s effects-laden riffs are exquisite.
  2. Magnet
    Sep 22, 2015
    85
    Depression Chery has four masterful set pieces, staggered to hit as odd-numbered tracks, each deepening the pervasive sense of rediscovered romance. [No. 124, p.51]
  3. Aug 28, 2015
    82
    Depression Cherry is a startlingly easy record to get lost in.
  4. Aug 27, 2015
    77
    Depression Cherry doesn’t always have the emotional heft, or melodic impact, of their 2010 breakthrough Teen Dream or its follow-up, 2012’s Bloom, but the duo’s knack for crafting thoughtful, enveloping songs makes their return more than welcome.
  5. Aug 28, 2015
    70
    Throughout the album, Legrand's lyrics conjure vivid experience.
  6. Aug 28, 2015
    60
    They’ve taken the strengths of ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘Bloom’--reaching pop highs with ease--before being deceptive like it’s some kind of game. It’s not unfamiliar in the good sense, and it’s an odd outlier in an otherwise brilliant back-catalogue.
  7. 50
    It’s difficult to share the singer's awe when the musical backdrop sounds so tired.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    stunning album, their best to date. every song takes its right place on track list, every triad of songs forms a statement: build up is aboutstunning album, their best to date. every song takes its right place on track list, every triad of songs forms a statement: build up is about mysterious, mythological place - haunting, you'd about to return to; core is emotional climax, songs about progression of time and about time itself; and coda - songs that soothe your mind and make you feel. totally, album creates around your mind an aura of that strange feeling the band called "depression cherry" - almost sadness, almost bloody - but just a time of your life, that you'll easil break through. if you listen it, than you'd understand. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    An album that is sweet to hear. Excellent compositions and great production.
  3. Aug 29, 2015
    9
    Though it may not be as anthemic and polished as their two previous efforts, Depression Cherry instead presents an even more intimate andThough it may not be as anthemic and polished as their two previous efforts, Depression Cherry instead presents an even more intimate and personal Beach House that takes hold of your soul from start to finish. With such stunning tracks like "Space Song" and "PPP", Scally and Legrand once again demonstrate their mystical yet seemingly effortless ability to sweep listeners off their feet and into the clouds. Expand
  4. May 16, 2019
    8
    Their weakest album gets a B- that’s how rich these guys are. Still high quality
  5. Aug 29, 2015
    8
    Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally aren’t antagonizing ambition, like some music critics are assuming just because of the duo’s recentVictoria Legrand and Alex Scally aren’t antagonizing ambition, like some music critics are assuming just because of the duo’s recent statements regarding the success behind 2010’s Teen Dream and 2012’s Bloom driving them to a “louder, more aggressive place” that felt “farther from [their] natural tendencies”. Rather, Beach House are celebrating intimacy on Depression Cherry, which is destined to be one of the year’s most misunderstood records based on a couple of critic’s reviews. The magical melodies and shoegazing influences cover Legrand’s ethereal voice like diamond dust, returning the duo to their roots of crafting stadium-size sounds out of thin air, which can be heard on “Sparks”, “Space Song”, and “Beyond Love” most beautifully. It’s a quite consistent sound that may make certain music listeners feel claustrophobic, but I’d rather call it a cozy, comfortable place sparkling in some remote forest that’s hard to find, but easy to love. Expand
  6. Aug 30, 2015
    7
    "We're going back to where we started", said Victoria Legrand whilst being interviewed about Depression Cherry, Beach House's most recent LP."We're going back to where we started", said Victoria Legrand whilst being interviewed about Depression Cherry, Beach House's most recent LP. But no band can really go back to the beginning, given the fact that it has been active for quite a while –almost ten years in this case. This is specially true whilst listening to "Space Song" and personal favorite "PPP", which perfectly combine two of Beach House's most prominent characteristics, greatly polished over the course of the last two records: Legrand's utterly oneiric voice and Alex Scally's ability to produce glossy layers of sound. The downside is, however, that this winning treat doesn't hold on for too long as the band prefers the simplicity and minimalistic approach favored in their early days, which is not a synonym of 'bad', but in this case it is bland and barren ("Beyond Love", "Bluebird" and "10:37" in particular). Depression Cherry is not a misfortune, but it does not meet the high expectations; a record that was supposed to be a leap forward for the band, not a hold back, to say the least. Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2015
    4
    It's a bit of a plod and far less wonderful than parts of Bloom and the majority of Teen Dream, but when I saw the cd packaging in HMV, IIt's a bit of a plod and far less wonderful than parts of Bloom and the majority of Teen Dream, but when I saw the cd packaging in HMV, I became thoroughly intrigued and bought it anyway. Expand

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