Matthew Dear - Beams

Matthew Dear - Beams
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #59 / 759
USER SCORE
78
Based on
32 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
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
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
No Ripcord

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

90
PopMatters
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
DIY
It’s avant pop music at its very finest and positively bubbling over with copious ideas and ambition.
80
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

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

78
Beats Per Minute
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
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
Under The Radar

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

73
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

The album is Dear's most consistent work yet

70
Drowned in Sound
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
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
TAGS
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