- Devotion

Beach House - Devotion
CRITIC SCORE
75
Based on 17 reviews
2008 Rank: #176 / 720
USER SCORE
81
Based on
161 ratings

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85
Pitchfork

Baltimore is as musically diverse as anywhere else, but in 2008, indie rockers associate the city with colorful, energetic music, from the expatriated Animal Collective to Dan Deacon's Wham City crew. The music of Beach House, the Baltimore-based duo of multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally and vocalist/organist Victoria Legrand, is a shadow narrative running parallel to this trend: Their delicate, lovelorn pop comes in the form of deathly waltzes and dark pastoral dirge

s on which Legrand sings about desire, loss, and dreams as if telling a ghost story, splitting the difference between lovely and creepy.

Oct 6, 2016
NR
Quite similar to their debut in terms of musicianship. The songwriting though is a bit more interesting this time around.
Jun 1, 2016
Raincoat
75
There's nothing bold here whatsoever, but the atmosphere that "Devotion" creates is so warm and gentle, like a sleepy embrace. It's inferior to later albums, but I'll always have a soft spot for "Devotion".

Highlights: "Gila", "Turtle Island", "Astronaut"
Jan 12, 2016
exception
64
repetitive and bland, beach house seemed to be still experimenting with the dream pop that they now have perfected.
fav tracks: astronaut, holy dances
Sep 20, 2015
hemyge
83
Fav tracks: Wedding Bell, Holy Dances, Heart of Chambers, Some Things Last A Long Time
Aug 11, 2015
100
Fucking heartbreaking. Delicate, tortured, sensual. One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded.

Tracks: All of them.
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# 30 - A.V. Club
# 27 - No Ripcord
# 46 - Pitchfork
# 6 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Track List
  1. Wedding Bell
  2. You Came to Me
  3. Gila
  4. Turtle Island
  5. Holy Dances
  6. All the Years
  7. Heart of Chambers
  8. Some Things Last a Long Time
  9. Astronaut
  10. D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
  11. Home Again
Contributions By
royalflush, patton, Novell_sx, philthy, erik