Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Rank: #112 / 824
USER SCORE
85
Based on
360 ratings

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100
PopMatters

Bloom is a gushing collection of top tier songs that have been carefully knitted together for maximum impact, and is absolutely gorgeous and stunning.

91
Pitchfork

"Bloom" is also what these 10 songs do, each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion.

91
A.V. Club

With Bloom, they have mastered their sultry formula.

90
Consequence of Sound

Every movement on Bloom extends that high silence to the length of several minutes, building within the song and into the next track to send wave after wave of eyes-closing, head-tilting, fist-clenching pinpricks.

86
Beats Per Minute

The aching sweetness of Bloom’s ten tracks should override any misgivings one might have about the band’s seeming lack of stylistic evolution.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Though the pair would prefer you focus on their songwriting – and Legrand’s lyrics are beautiful – it is the overwhelming aesthetic that defines this band. Bloom is beautiful.

82
Coke Machine Glow

Its production value is higher, each song’s many layers are audible, and the synths sound expensive. Fortunately, the band is able to match each dollar spent on Bloom’s production with solid raw material.

80
musicOMH

Beach House are equipped to leave the nods to shoegaze behind and embrace a far more holistic aesthetic – pop music. 

80
Under The Radar

Despite the album title, the duo picks right up where it left off on 2010's Teen Dream.

80
Paste

It’s an album that’s sure to satisfy long-time fans while undoubtedly garnering the band even more media buzz.

80
Spin

Bloom is a gorgeous, firm album with very little at stake. 

80
AllMusic

It's not the band's most immediate music, but the album's challenging mix of heartbroken words and aloof sounds rewards patient and repeated listening.

80
American Songwriter

The impact of Bloom lingers long after Scally’s last guitar moan and Legrand’s last breathy sigh, making you want to cue it up all over again and wallow anew in Beach House’s existential abyss.

80
DIY

Like every Beach House album, you’re best suited to bask in the abstraction that results from the usual mesh of signatory warm synths and fidgety guitar lines, rather than attempting to latch on to a lyric or a snippet of solitary sonic genius.

80
Sputnikmusic

Each song is part of an overarching mood whilst carving its own identity further with each listen. This mood is one of a lucid dream, one that ensnares the listener in its own creation.

80
Uncut

The musical partners (they’re not a couple) have chosen not to try to top what they achieved with Teen Dream on the new Bloom but rather to subsume their poppy tendencies beneath a unifying aural glaze.

70
Drowned in Sound

For all their undoubted accomplishment, Beach House seem to have reached their limits as a two-piece, or worse still, have simply finishing running their creative gamut altogether. 

70
NME

There’s also pleasure in hearing a band do what they do so peerlessly well: croon sweet, sweet lullabies to console us in our fleshy prisons. 

70
Rolling Stone

The melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort.

70
Clash

‘Bloom’ oozes simplicity, honesty and contentness. It will be a welcome sound of summer for ‘Teen Dream’ fans, but don’t expect anything too radical.

60
The 405

Beach House haven't bothered re-inventing the wheel, because it keeps on spinning just fine.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

The high points are as good as anything they’ve ever done, though the hooky hooks and subtle gut-punches of these are couched in surroundings that teeter on the generic and the self-derivative.

60
Slant Magazine

The only thing that actually elevates Bloom from the linearity of its reverb-caked narcosis is the effort of vocalist Victoria Legrand, whose husky, melancholic voice provides a weighty counterpunch to the album's papery songs.

60
Alternative Press

Bloom’s lack of memorable moments is frustrating, because few bands are able to craft such achingly beautiful music.

60
The Guardian

It's beautiful, spectral, dreamy, but never makes your pulse quicken.

50
No Ripcord

Bloom, unfortunately, becomes less interesting with the more attention you pay to it, largely because there is not much to set it apart from its predecessors.

50
Loud and Quiet

This follow-up provides more of the same with straight song writing and atmospheric arrangements that never really leave a mark.

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User Reviews
JustAReflektor
84
this album is very good, BUT ONLY I UNDERSTAND WHY THE REST OF YOU JUST LIKE IT CUZ IT SOUNDS PRETTY BUT I UNDERSTAND IT ON A DEEPER LEVEL THAT YOU SCOUNDRELS COULD ONLY DREAM OF
SiberianBreaks
92
Beach House is still on the same path from 'Teen Dream,' but now they've really perfected their sound on here. 'Bloom' is their most consistent work to date and their prettiest sounding as well. I really can't really find anything that's bad about this album. They've really struck gold with this one.

Favourite tracks: Myth, New Year, On the Sea
EMR
85
Probably the best dream-pop album of the decade, Bloom shows Beach House in their most ambitious side, doing nothing essentially different from their previous effort, Teen Dream, but instead taking what they had introduced in that record and expanding the production and texture-value to the point where the compositions and arrangements sound much brighter, dreamy, ethereal and heavenly. Not just the production and the sounds on this album are great, though. The duo's songwriting is at their ... read more
96
A perfection of the Beach House sound. Again, I ever-so slightly prefer "Devotion" for its perfect melancholy, but my god, "Bloom" is just like the most gorgeous thing ever. This album has the ability to make me cry.
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Obviously all of the songs are great, you idiot.
Zatak
95
Been listening to this quite a lot these days. It's one of my fav records of this decade.
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DETAILS

May 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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# 22 - AllMusic
# 25 - Beats Per Minute
# 6 - Cokemachineglow
# 7 - Consequence of Sound
# 45 - DIY
# 19 - Exclaim!
# 10 - FILTER
# 7 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 3 - MAGNET
# 36 - musicOMH
# 22 - NME
# 23 - No Ripcord
# 4 - Obscure Sound
# 9 - Paste
# 10 - Pazz & Jop
# 7 - Pitchfork
# 4 - PopMatters
# 15 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 28 - Rolling Stone
# 9 - Spinner
# 27 - Stereogum
# 32 - The Fly
# 36 - The Guardian
# 29 - The Line of Best Fit
# 3 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Myth 
  2. Wild 
  3. Lazuli 
  4. Other People 
  5. The Hours 
  6. Troublemaker 
  7. New Year 
  8. Wishes 
  9. On the Sea 
  10. Irene
Contributions By
royalflush, philthy, erik
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Added on: March 8, 2012