- Devotion

Beach House - Devotion
CRITIC SCORE
75
Based on 17 reviews
2008 Rank: #175 / 688
USER SCORE
82
Based on
112 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.

69
Fav Tracks: Wedding Bell, Some Things Last a Long Time
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
hemyge
83
Fav tracks: Wedding Bell, Holy Dances, Heart of Chambers, Some Things Last A Long Time
96
Fucking heartbreaking. Delicate, tortured, sensual. One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded.

Tracks: All of them.
SiberianBreaks
88
Beach House improve on everything that the debut was going for. 'Devotion' is longer, more varied, and way more consistent. It's not anything game-changing at all for this genre, but this is just incredibly gorgeous. They've definitely improved their sound later on, but there's just something about this particular album of theirs that has always stuck with me for years.

Favourite tracks: You Came to Me, Gila, Heart of Chambers
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DETAILS

February 26, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 30 - A.V. Club
# 27 - No Ripcord
# 46 - Pitchfork
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
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