Album
Beams
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Artist
Matthew Dear

Beams by Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear - Beams
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Ranking: #65 / 708
USER SCORE
80
Based on
29 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

This album is unapologetic in its singularity, yet listening to this record is an experience that is as rewarding as it is exhausting.

90
No Ripcord

Partly because of Dear’s wall of sound style, there’s so much happening that you get completely lost

90
PopMatters

With Beams, Matthew Dear has created his most intoxicating, accomplished and immediate paean to all that has come before him and everything that now stands in front of him.

80
Consequence of Sound

The album’s 11 tracks hew to a unified persona, even if that person is deeply conflicted.

78
Beats Per Minute

Turns out this hedonist has a heart after all, and he had to sacrifice exactly zero of the pleasures of his previous albums to figure it out.

75
A.V. Club

Dear may have been making records for the last 13 years, but it’s only now that he’s really letting his music say exactly what he’s thinking.

75
Under The Radar

Even though it's awkward to dance to, it is nevertheless a piece of work to be admired 

73
Pitchfork

The album is Dear's most consistent work yet

70
Drowned in Sound

There's no doubt that the familiarity of Dear's style after several records means Beams has to work a bit harder to hold your attention than previous efforts. 

60
FACT Magazine

Beams will slip by pleasantly enough, but probably fail to sink its fabulously manicured nails into your subconscious.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: August 28, 2012
FORMAT: LP
PRODUCER: Ghostly International
GENRE: Electronic
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 17 - AllMusic
# 28 - Clash
# 3 - musicOMH
# 37 - The Line of Best Fit
MISC LISTS
# 20 - The Needle Drop
TRACK LIST
  1. Her Fantasy 
  2. Earthforms 
  3. Headcage 
  4. Fighting Is Futile 
  5. Up & Out 
  6. Overtime 
  7. Get The Rhyme Right 
  8. Ahead of Myself 
  9. Do the Right Thing 
  10. Shake Me 
  11. Temptation
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Added on: May 30, 2012