Bloom is a gushing collection of top tier songs that have been carefully knitted together for maximum impact, and is absolutely gorgeous and stunning.
"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.
With Bloom, they have mastered their sultry formula.
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.
The aching sweetness of Bloom’s ten tracks should override any misgivings one might have about the band’s seeming lack of stylistic evolution.
Beach House are equipped to leave the nods to shoegaze behind and embrace a far more holistic aesthetic – pop music.
Despite the album title, the duo picks right up where it left off on 2010's Teen Dream.
It’s an album that’s sure to satisfy long-time fans while undoubtedly garnering the band even more media buzz.
Bloom is a gorgeous, firm album with very little at stake.
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.
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.
Beach House haven't bothered re-inventing the wheel, because it keeps on spinning just fine.
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.
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.
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