Beach House - Teen Dream
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Based on 31 reviews
2010 Ratings: #24 / 900
Year End Rank: #5
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2010 Ratings: #4
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Though it's not as eclectic and whimsical as their earlier work, Teen Dream is some of their most beautiful music, and reaffirms that they're the among the best purveyors of languidly lovelorn songs since Mazzy Star.

American Songwriter

With their third full-length effort, Beach House forces the listener to re-examine pop music status quo while taking another giant stride as a band.

A.V. Club

Teen Dream is deeper in hue than its predecessors. Its blues are bluer, even while warmer tones abound, and Scally’s guitar emotes as lithely as the voice it dances with.

Entertainment Weekly

On their third LP, Teen Dream, they evolve at last, adding more variety behind Victoria Legrand’s wonderfully weary vocals.


This is both the most diverse and most listenable of their three full-lengths, and yet it never seems like a compromise. 


They’ve made an absolutely magical record – the jagged edges of their past have been smoothed by the sea, making ‘Teen Dream’ a soft shore gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth.


Dream is a go-for-broke collection that not only creates and sustains a hi-fi drowse-pop drama throughout its 10 beguiling songs, but comes across like a logical and gorgeous extension of all the band’s previous dreams.

Consequence of Sound

Beach House is clearly ready to step out from the shadows and play timeless music intended for dreamers and romantics.

Slant Magazine

Like “Norway,” a mini masterpiece of vocal and musical interplay, Teen Dream boldly complies the subtle and the overt.


With ‘Teen Dream’, Scally and Legrand have created absorbing, atmospheric music that never strains for significance or seriousness, but is affecting all the same.


The greatest success of Teen Dream ... is its thematic connection ... Teen Dream is concerned with nostalgia for love lost with time; the kind of love that can be explained only by harmonious moans; and the kind of devotion their last album only touched on.

Pretty Much Amazing
It is, without a doubt, Beach House’s best work, and deserves to be recognized as such.
The 405
Whether it's actually getting the gist of the heartbreaking/bizarre/haunting lyrics, just getting lost in the full sound of the record, or hearing something new going on in the background, this record has something for everyone.
Coke Machine Glow

Teen Dream is just such a fantastic pop record because it never seems to try to be: it’s almost as if the duo had intended to make another mopey shoegazing affair and accidentally stumbled upon something transcendent.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Beach House have reached the point in their career where achieving grand melodic climaxes seems to come to them effortlessly, and on Teen Dream the climaxes are as thrilling as ever before.


It’s an incredibly rewarding listen, even if the self-observing anxiety that’s writ large throughout means it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights to which its creators have bravely aspired.

This strain of music might seem too safe for some, but its consistency is a virtue -- around which Beach House has developed a signature sound.

On their third album, those feelings now sound like actual songs, with swelling choruses and an all-encompassing ache.

No Ripcord

Even if there’s that wistful, pastoral-like imagery to their sound, much of the tracks stray to their own beats, in desperate search of distinction. Instead of modest waltzes and looped drum machines, there’s an evident maturity in the way the production unveils itself as richer and far more multifaceted.


It’s a shimmery, escapist release, without a doubt, but as anything more than a mild sleeping aid, Teen Dream fails to rise above its genre.


‘Teen Dream’ suggests that this is a band with the rarest of touches, familiar in their frailty yet fathomless in their depths.


Baltimore-based dream-pop duo Beach House continues to master its craft of producing ethereal melodies and reverberating background instrumentation.

NOW Magazine

Whereas previous efforts embellished dark, distant slumber sounds, Teen Dream finds the duo maturing into friendly pop.

Spectrum Culture

Teen Dream will be pleasantly familiar to fans of their first two albums, but it also offers some subtle changes.

Drowned in Sound

It’s shot through with more than a handful of heartstoppingly wonderful moments, it vastly improves on the Devotion, and heralds the arrival as Legrand as one of the finest singers in modern indie.

Rolling Stone

They're more radiant than ever on their third disc, particularly on songs like "Zebra," with background chorales swooping over stately guitar plucking.

God Is in the TV
From the slim skiffle beat of Used To Be, supplemented by its bouncing piano, to the minimalist power-balladry of Real Love and back to the smoky atmosphere of tracks like Lover Of Mine, the album is full of dream-pop gems.
Beats Per Minute

They’re refining their craft, producing some of their most bewitching material yet, but the rest of it feels like they’re merely spinning their wheels while they wait for more interesting ideas to come along.

FACT Magazine

Those looking for the next faintly interesting band from across the pond will be disappointed by Beach House’s muted sonic conservatism – much of Teen Dream props itself too readily upon a kind of medicated numbness

The Guardian
With their third album, the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally throw themselves on the ever-growing pile of American bands going for the heartstrings via a kind of wide-eyed, epic psych-pop.
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Guys. It's clicked.

Oh thank god this was good. I was worried to death that I wouldn't like this album. After how high my hopes were for their last two albums, the letdown (aside from a few really good tracks) was devastating. I was fully expecting for this album to follow in the same vein and continue to give me pretty nicely produced sludge-pop...what I didn't expect was for this album to actually connect with me in any way.

I think I am ... read more
Oh, look, it's my 400th rating! 400 shitty numbers!
Honestly, I've never felt that connected with music styles like Shoegaze, Dream Pop and Psychadelic Pop.
I've been spending more time listening to it and that's just... unique.
Ah, yeah! I love Beach House, damn!

Edit: who am I kidding?! This is a 10
Teen Dream was my first approach to Dream Pop as I recall, it was not long after I started my adventure with music, when my taste did not resemble one bit what it is today. It captivated me from the very beginning, it was in my eyes extremely sensual and beautiful. I hadn't heard anything like it before and even now I can say that this album is one of its kind, an album that shapen my current music taste and an album that is with me probably for the longest time than any other piece ever was. ... read more
[Discography deep dive]: Beach House, pt.3: Building walls

After the blunder that is Devotion, Beach House pleases me with a big comeback on Teen Dream!

This album is a return to form for Beach House, improving on every front from their 2008 release Devotion, this is refreshing to say the least. The mixing and instrumental choices are so much better and refreshing than before. They've also gotten really good with the balance of grandiose and spacey sounds mixed with minimalistic and more ... read more
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