- Beams

Matthew Dear - Beams
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #72 / 885
USER SCORE
78
Based on
41 ratings

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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.

100
The Skinny

At once incredibly forward-looking and reassuringly familiar – a hard trick to pull off in itself – Beams will feel like an album you've already spent a lifetime with, and can only cement Dear's reputation as one of the finest songwriters in modern electronic music.

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.

90
DIY
It’s avant pop music at its very finest and positively bubbling over with copious ideas and ambition.
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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Added on: May 30, 2012