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No discussion yet on this album. Methinks its very purdy.

T. Weiss (Timmy), Saturday, 18 November 2006 19:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

a flash in the pan

Stephen Bush (Stephen B.), Saturday, 18 November 2006 19:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Great record. Under produced, it sounds like a demo, but that is half the charm. Her voice actually sounds a lot better live. There are some really beautiful melodies. I look forward to hearing more from Beach House.

lawrencerock (lawrencerock), Saturday, 18 November 2006 19:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is like the 3rd rock band from Baltimore in the past year or two that's started getting a bunch of national press without me ever hearing them or seeing a show, shit's making me feel out of touch

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Saturday, 18 November 2006 19:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw them at the Echo on Thursday night - they were good (and her voice was spectacular), but the mix was really off (they used a discman for their percussion section and then put it WAY up in the mix while pushing her vocals way down in it) and I kinda left disappointed.

Record's top three of the year for me, though. Parts of it sound like The Marble Index as produced by Phillip Glass, which pleases me muchly.

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Saturday, 18 November 2006 20:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

al i have to say that, knowing what little i do about yr taste, i don't think you'd like beach house very much

it's a really good record -- and "go team" and all that -- but i'm kind of surprised by the blanket omg reception it's getting

bo janglin (dubplatestyle), Saturday, 18 November 2006 20:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sorry i thought this was the thread for that jayz song

yours fondly, harshaw. (mrgn), Saturday, 18 November 2006 20:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh yeah i'm not saying 'boy this sounds right up my alley,' hence my having not run to the store to get it. but perhaps you underestimate my tolerance for languid indie.

haha, it took me a second to figure out this wasn't about "Beach Chair," too

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Sunday, 19 November 2006 06:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Gorgeous record

Roque Strew (RoqueStrew), Sunday, 19 November 2006 09:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

i just saw them last night and it was a gorgeous set, with that nice drifting, lazily precise sound (and decent mix). they're also both great people, had a bunch of drinks with them afterwards.

the table is the table, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Any thoughts on 'Devotion?'

fukasaku tollbooth, Saturday, 26 January 2008 16:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lush and pretty, especially "Turtle Island", but I need to give it a closer listen.

Simon H., Saturday, 26 January 2008 17:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is that "Chamber of Hearts" song on it?? They played that over a year ago when I saw them and it was really, really great, better than anything on their first album (which I enjoyed)

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 26 January 2008 17:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

Big fan. It is almost a rerun of the previous album, which is fine by me. Maybe a little more ooomph in the production

Billy Pilgrim, Saturday, 26 January 2008 17:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

really like "gila" a lot

gman, Sunday, 27 January 2008 21:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

yea, 'gila' is a gem in this box of cubic zirc

The Macallan 18 Year, Sunday, 27 January 2008 21:33 (nine years ago) Permalink


Jan 26 2008 7:48 PM

Greetings, Shalom Aloha I am Art Vandalle, ERT I am very thanks to you for my additon to your pages of myspace. Your music is a great elation to my spirits. I especially enjoy when I am bathing. Keep up the greatness of your work hope to see you soon at a concert. Much blessingsness

Art Vandalle,ERT (VAN-dell)

jaxon, Sunday, 27 January 2008 22:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Greetings Shalom Aloah" is pretty brilliant

J0rdan S., Sunday, 27 January 2008 22:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Devotion is an *amazing* album, but I'm thinking every review should probably mention Kendra Smith.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 08:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

If I found the first one pleasant enough but am not really feeling the need for more of that thing, does Devotion have any surprises for me?

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 14:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

it does sound like kendra smith, and sounds (musically) a fair amount like galaxie 500. devotion is wonderful though, first thing I've heard by them, and just heard it for the first time yesterday

akm, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 16:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was swooning over this album for a good three or four weeks straight. I still really like it, though I have less desire to put it on now.

pgwp, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

all the right ingredients, boring album - TERRIBLE lyrics...

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 03:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think it's rather lovely. Haven't paid much attention to the lyriz tho

wilter, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 03:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

Apparently the singer is related to Michel Legrand, composer behind Umbrellas of Cherbourg, among other things.

pgwp, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 05:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

She's hawt in that "always looks like she's trying not to laugh" kinda way

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 05:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

listening to this album for the first time, this is beautiful and perfect for right now.

Bee OK, Thursday, 26 June 2008 02:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like "Gila". Lazy, sad. Nice guitar.

Turangalila, Thursday, 26 June 2008 04:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

This album is good but it's lost its luster as the months have gone by. "Gila," "Heart of Chambers," and one or two others are still really strong but I'm not feeling pulled back to this record. It's just sorta sitting in my library now.

pgwp, Friday, 27 June 2008 01:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

I saw them live not too long ago, and I liked their sound, but I think Mazzy Star did something similar, but much, much better. "So Tonight That I Might See" is a great album that deserves more of your time if you like this.

res, Friday, 27 June 2008 13:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

But her voice is really great. She could elevate pretty much any material with it. "Home Again" wouldn't be one-tenth the song it is without her voice.

Keaney Tong, Friday, 27 June 2008 17:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's true.

pgwp, Friday, 27 June 2008 20:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

she sounds a lot like Kendra Smith, which is a big plus in my book (and Opal >>>>> Mazzy Star)

zappi, Friday, 27 June 2008 20:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

i know and love Mazzy Star but don't know Opal at all. Devotion is beautiful and deserves it's own love.

Bee OK, Saturday, 28 June 2008 02:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm really enjoying this, more than I thought I would.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 31 July 2008 14:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Enjoy it a lot, but I wish they had a producer who would push them. The Spector-isms are awesome & have their place, but there's a wealth of untapped potential in this band.

J0hn D., Thursday, 31 July 2008 15:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

What I've heard of this new disc sounds almost exactly like their first disc. It's kept me from downloading the new disc. Am I missing some progression in their sound from disc one to disc two?

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 31 July 2008 15:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

the songs are better by a wide margin

J0hn D., Thursday, 31 July 2008 15:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

That first record came close to creating a new mini-genre. I love the sound of it so much, it took me a long time to let go of it and embrace the new album.

Owen Pallett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 15:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

i like Devotion a lot.

'Master of None' off their debut is one of my fave songs of the past few years.

poortheatre, Thursday, 31 July 2008 16:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Master of None" is pretty amazing on its own. But Devotion is a lot stronger from start to finish. Agree with John though, i get the sense when listening to them that they can take a huge step forward. Still, for their second album the progression is a good one.

myndbloom, Thursday, 31 July 2008 16:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Really fun to watch her sing live too.

myndbloom, Thursday, 31 July 2008 16:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes. Amazing live. When I saw them in Toronto, she reminded me sometimes of Judee Sill. I told her so, and she said, "Who's she?" at the same time her bandmate said, "Oh no!"

Owen Pallett, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's good to hear, that they're good live. Maybe one of my two problems with them (the other is that their rhythms/chord progressions get repetitive, and I'm kind of in a glass house on that front) is that I don't always get a sense of involvement - it was more the case on the first record though. Her growth as a singer between the two seems pretty pronounced to me.

Good to see you Owen!

J0hn D., Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, you really understand just how good of a singer she is when you see them live. Not to overrate their live show, though - it's still just two people hangin' out on stage. The white outfits are nice, but it's not like there are any pyrotechnics.

Anyway - J0hn is completely on the mark. This band is capable of genius if they possess the ambition to reach for it.

pgwp, Saturday, 2 August 2008 01:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

such a great album, it's in my top five for 2008 at the moment.

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 August 2008 02:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Right, there's nothing amazing about their live show. They both sat most of the time when I saw them. But her voice is something to behold in a live venue & watching her facial contortions is a pleasure unto itself.

myndbloom, Saturday, 2 August 2008 22:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Recorded in upstate New York, in a converted church called Dreamland with producer/engineer Chris Coady (who has worked with TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, and a bunch of others) Teen Dream is the third album from the Baltimore-based duo Beach House, and their Sub Pop debut. The new album gives voice to a full universe of unbridled imagination, and the manifestation of Teen Dream has been a welcomed and all-consuming obsession for Beach House the past 9-12 months. Teen Dream will arrive packaged with a companion DVD featuring a video for each song on the album, each by a different director.

Track listing

1. Zebra
2. Silver Soul
3. Norway
4. Walk In The Park
5. Used To Be
6. Lover Of Mine
7. Better Times
8. 10 Mile Stereo
9. Real Love
10. Take Care

Bee OK, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 22:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

will be released on January 6, 2010.

also has just leaked, looking forward to this record.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 22:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

i like that cover.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Wednesday, 18 November 2009 01:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Equal Mind is really something. These guys are damn prolific. One of those "samey" sounding bands I can't quite get bored with.

octobeard, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 03:07 (six months ago) Permalink

They do one thing very well and that's about as much as you can ask of anything

this is gorgeous stuff

Unchanging Window (Ross), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 05:20 (six months ago) Permalink

I've only heard bits of this so far but I've been listening to a lot of Beach House lately. I've always found it tough to rank their albums, but right now it would go something like this.

Bloom (the one that got me into them)
Depression Cherry (didn't rate this at first, huge grower)
Teen Dream
Beach House
Devotion (this one doesn't seem that essential to their back catalogue, more of a bridge between the first and third albums)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (Majorette and The Traveller are the only ones I really love on here)

kitchen person, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:57 (six months ago) Permalink

my personal ranking:

depression cherry
teen dream
beach house
thank your lucky stars

note that this is all on a rating scale of like, 9.3-8.8

joshywinty (josh), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 02:37 (six months ago) Permalink

They do one thing very well and that's about as much as you can ask of anything

yea i love this band

marcos, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 18:13 (six months ago) Permalink

really happy to see all the DC love

beyond love is a beautiful track

and this album nails that anodyne vibe

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 19:01 (six months ago) Permalink

I think Bloom will always be my favourite but Depression Cherry is comfortably in second place now. It's one the biggest U-turns I've done on an album in recent years.

Finally got round to giving the compilation a listen. It is indeed great and probably a better listen than maybe three of their albums.

kitchen person, Thursday, 6 July 2017 01:22 (six months ago) Permalink

my feeling is that depression cherry will age the best out of all their work so far

joshywinty (josh), Thursday, 6 July 2017 02:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Looking forward to hearing DC,never listened. First I want more time with this tho, it's nice.

popcorn michael awaits trumptweet (Hunt3r), Thursday, 6 July 2017 14:29 (six months ago) Permalink

been listening to these guys a ton lately, here's my ranking:

depression cherry
teen dream = thank your lucky stars

haven't listened to the self titled yet

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 6 July 2017 14:48 (six months ago) Permalink

i'm glad everyone mentioned depression cherry. i liked it when it came out but haven't revisited it in a really long time. when i put it on again each song sounded so warmly familiar, even though i had probably only listened to each track a couple times.

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:11 (six months ago) Permalink

"Sparks" is such an amazing song and I wish they'd do more in that vein.

Unchanging Window (Ross), Friday, 7 July 2017 05:59 (six months ago) Permalink

I am surprised I thought Teen Dream would be the popular favourite if LPs being ranked.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:10 (six months ago) Permalink

i've never heard DC until this week, and i didn't even know TYLS existed- and i listened to bloom and teen dream a lot in their times, devotion only some. TYLS started playing on youtube without me being aware it was not DC. it's wonderfully direct imo. loving the hell out of one thing right now.

popcorn michael awaits trumptweet (Hunt3r), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:22 (six months ago) Permalink

not at all surprising to me that bloom would be the favorite. like they said in the interviews before the album dropped, it feels like their definitive statement that they've been working up to until that point. i resisted for a while but i had to admit that it stands apart from the rest of their excellent discography

just another (diamonddave85), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:03 (six months ago) Permalink

never change, beach house

just another (diamonddave85), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:10 (six months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Depression Cherry is has been a wonderful, much-repeated listening experience since i read this thread.

popcorn michael awaits trumptweet (Hunt3r), Friday, 4 August 2017 16:50 (five months ago) Permalink

i have since fallen head over heels for teen dream, so it is now tied for second with depression cherry in my power ranking

just another (diamonddave85), Friday, 4 August 2017 19:07 (five months ago) Permalink

depression cherry is so good

marcos, Monday, 14 August 2017 19:49 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

how are they live? they are coming to lovely Southern California this month and thinking about catching the show, especially since it will be on a Friday night.

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 September 2017 01:23 (four months ago) Permalink

i saw them after depression cherry came out and they were extremely good live, total mastery of dynamics, really filled the room.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 2 September 2017 01:51 (four months ago) Permalink

I saw them around Bloom and it was great for the same reasons.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 2 September 2017 01:58 (four months ago) Permalink

They're great live. Saw them on the DC/Thank Your Lucky Stars tour. Hearing songs from "Bloom" were explosive and the recent material, especially "Beyond Love" was aces

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 02:17 (four months ago) Permalink

I agree they are amazing live. Go!

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 2 September 2017 04:02 (four months ago) Permalink

excellent live. would definitely go.

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 September 2017 04:34 (four months ago) Permalink

it's kind of weird to mention, but what stood out to me was the BASS. for some reason hearing the bass/organ lines on a really loud, crystal clear sound system added another dimension to their music.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 2 September 2017 04:37 (four months ago) Permalink

That's not weird Karl. I didn't notice that at all nth that's the beauty of music?

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:21 (four months ago) Permalink

I've seen them every time I've been able to, probably 7 times, always great. Alex plays the bass with his feet!

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:13 (four months ago) Permalink

they sold out before i was able to get tickets. i'm so bummed but seeing Swervedriver two nights later anyways. i will get a live fix this weekend after all.

Bee OK, Saturday, 9 September 2017 01:36 (four months ago) Permalink

they're coming to play the santa fe opera house soon, which, after my first visit there last night, is a really magical venue

gbx, Monday, 11 September 2017 02:33 (four months ago) Permalink

I've found everything post 'Bloom' to be aimless and plodding. I guess I'm a pop kid.

yesca, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:33 (four months ago) Permalink

I've enjoyed a bunch of what they've done since, but yeah, I miss the sharper songcraft.

Moodles, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:24 (four months ago) Permalink

I recommend the setlist generator on the beach house website if one is attending a show. You can request 3 songs. Not sure how much they adhere to it but it's fun

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:47 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Would be cool to see the ilx consensus on favourite album. Bloom is a perfect pop record and really life affirming but feel like depression cherry is on par, it's just the missing half.

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:30 (three days ago) Permalink

teen dream imo. they are all good though

marcos, Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:32 (three days ago) Permalink


Moodles, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:17 (three days ago) Permalink

Bloom is easily my favourite. Probably Depression Cherry in second place.

kitchen person, Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:38 (three days ago) Permalink

Teen Dream

kornrulez6969, Friday, 19 January 2018 00:10 (two days ago) Permalink

The debut and its musty sickness

Mule, Friday, 19 January 2018 00:20 (two days ago) Permalink

i made a poll Best Beach House Album (So Far)

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 19 January 2018 02:14 (two days ago) Permalink


my personal ranking from most favorite to least favorite:

Depression Cherry
Teen Dream
Beach House
Thank Your Lucky Stars

note that this is on a scoring scale of 9.3 - 8.8. they're my favorite.

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 19 January 2018 02:24 (two days ago) Permalink

Ha, well, I guess I'm a contrarian then - I think Devotion is pretty beautiful - it was my entry point so probably special to me. And I loved Thank Your Lucky Stars, the slightly tougher sounds kicked it into new territory for me.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Friday, 19 January 2018 02:26 (two days ago) Permalink

I used work with a guy who loved Teen Dream so much he couldn’t even listen to the newer stuff with the more cosmic sound.

treeship 2, Friday, 19 January 2018 02:45 (two days ago) Permalink

i made a tweet out of this, but this is what each Beach House album would be like if they were films:

S/T: Super 8 home movie
DEVOTION: psychedelic underground cult classic
TEEN DREAM: coming-of-age fantasy
BLOOM: nocturnal road trip blockbuster
DEPRESSION CHERRY: retrofuturist space epic
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: wintry lone drifter tale

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 19 January 2018 07:25 (two days ago) Permalink

I used work with a guy who loved Teen Dream so much he couldn’t even listen to the newer stuff with the more cosmic sound.

i met someone who refused to listen to anything past devotion. i was like uhh you're really doing yourself a disservice there

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:30 (two days ago) Permalink

I think there's a certain degree of conscious returning to earlier minimalism on dc-tyls after the widescreen dream pop of Bloom. Most of the vocals are also bereft of the thick reverb as well

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:36 (two days ago) Permalink

still haven't listened to Thank Your Lucky Stars. Depression Cherry became my favorite recently. vinyl copy of Bloom developed a skip that makes me so angry I resent the whole album. Saw one of my favorite concerts at the Hollywood Bowl circa Teen Dream. Devotion has our song.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:51 (two days ago) Permalink

TYLS is equal to or better than Cherry

Moodles, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:24 (two days ago) Permalink

going to give it a shot over the weekend

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 19 January 2018 22:24 (two days ago) Permalink

Yeah agree with you Moodles. TYLS also sounds great after DC as a pick me up record.

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 19 January 2018 22:42 (two days ago) Permalink

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