- Beach Music

(Sandy) Alex G - Beach Music
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Rank: #160 / 737
USER SCORE
76
Based on
40 ratings

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90
Spin

Beach Music sounds like an assembly of parts that could collapse in a minute were it not for Giannascoli at the center holding everything together.

80
The Skinny

Beneath the rough-hewn veneer and casual disposition there’s considerable ambition and imagination at play.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Whether it haunts you, puts you in a dreamlike state, or simply makes you hum along, Beach Music is an album which should be listened to without hesitation.

80
AllMusic

Despite its experimental elements and trippy sensibility, Beach Music is relentlessly intimate, moving, and hard to shake -- a notable trait for a young if experienced recording artist.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Beach Music, Alex G’s first major wax-plated step outside the bedroom is predictably secure. But it’s also exploratory of his changing landscape, one that’s situated like unauthorized speech-class notecards, articulating each situation and character but still allowing for cracks and incongruity.

80
DIY

Like the previous cult favourites he has to his name, ‘Beach Music’ hits gorgeous highs without making a big fuss.

80
The Guardian

While this style of 90s US alt.indie is having another moment, G’s debut is the loner colt among the show ponies. His lush lo-fi recalls battered VHS tape recordings of MTV2 reruns found in a bin and lovingly restored.

80
musicOMH

Beach Music never really settles into a groove with each of these songs sounding as if they’ve come from a different place musically and emotionally; although it is fair to say that Beach Music is perhaps a more melancholic beast to its predecessor.

75
Consequence of Sound

Beach Music feels like the work of an artist a few steps ahead of his audience, jumping to answer their expectations of a DIY darling taking on the trappings of a label. He stuck to his roots, recorded at home, and embraced his eccentricities.

72
Pitchfork

What is remarkable about Beach Music is that some of these arrangements beg for you to dismiss them, the way you might have the very first time you heard Pavement, but what at first feels sloppy and clogged is actually intricate upon closer inspection.

70
Clash

This is the kind of generously tuneful, unobtrusive and - it must be said - grown-up record that can make drearily protracted work hours feel a bit more manageable.

70
Rolling Stone

Beach Music finds him expanding stylistically, song by song.

70
Loud and Quiet

There is a seam of quality that runs all the way through this record, and Alex G is a young guy whose talent does in fact match his work rate and eagerness to share his music.

May 2, 2017
67
This is a highly confusing record and I'm baffled that anyone has described it as pop, even if modified by "dream" or "hypnagogic." The hallucinatory imagery and defiantly experimental nature, combined with Alex G's voice (a very acquired taste) often made me wonder what exactly I was listening to. Somehow a lot of the moments come together to form something a lot prettier than the sum of their parts, suggesting this could be a serious grower.
Nov 22, 2015
90
Simply fab.
Oct 18, 2015
EMR
67
Alex G continues to show promise with another one of his enigmatic and dazzling collection of hypnagogic-pop and lo-fi recordings. On Beach Music, the most impressing aspect is the maturity and creativity the singer-songwriter shows despite the young age. Walking through some ambitious and off-kilter paths, Alex presents some mild interesting pop tunes with an alternative and rough quality to them, in a record that ultimately sounds pleasant, but still inconsistent throughout its runtime, as he ... read more
Oct 18, 2015
SiberianBreaks
69
Alex G has put together another quality, pop album with some dynamic production choices and songwriting that evokes nostalgic memories. As always, the high points are the hypnagogic pop aspects. The 90's alt rock songs here aren't as engaging or memorable this time around.

Favourite tracks: Salt, Brite Boy, Ready
Oct 9, 2015
Sinestroll
78
Best Songs: Bug; Brite Boy; Kicker
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