Welcome to Conceptual Beach

Young Jesus - Welcome to Conceptual Beach
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #232 / 802
User Score
Based on 116 ratings
2020 Ratings: #217
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Under The Radar

Welcome to Conceptual Beach may be the type of album that is overlooked if one doesn’t take the time to get wrapped up in it. It’s well worth allowing yourself to be overtaken by the product of its incantations.

85
Beats Per Minute
In all of the album’s slow-churning delightfulness, both lyrically and musically, Young Jesus have succeeded in striking an aural balance between meditative and unpredictable that simultaneously positions listeners inward and on their toes.
81
Pitchfork
Fusing influences from improv and minimalist composition with its customarily exploratory post-rock, the L.A. band sounds more assured than ever: playful, funky, even willing to flex a bit.
60
No Ripcord
The chances Young Jesus take here in a songwriting sense are commendable, and with technical chops to boot. But overall, it's not quite the powerfully compelling, or approachable, experience that Rositter will have you believe it is.
nostalgia
80
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #46

Up until finding this album, Young Jesus were not a band on my radar, but by God did this project change that.

'Welcome to Conceptual Beach' is such an eclectic and diverse record, taking influence mainly from art rock and indie rock, but also post rock, midwest emo, and even math rock and jazz to some extent, and all of this combines to form one of the stand out albums of 2020 for me personally.

The instrumentation here is brilliant, it's very warm and comforting ... read more
elitimesfour
89
This is wonderful.

I was told about this album by reviewer Pipe, who described this as 'Math Rock with the vocals of Bon Iver' and honestly? That's a very apt description. Not only does it sound like that, but it also carries over the emotion and rawness that both those sides have. The instrumentation throughout is absolutely stunning, being incredibly laid back, but also wildly textured and varied throughout, making it great for casual and active listening, and the lead vocals are soft yet ... read more
Melancoholic
70
Good.
Doofy
74
A slowly unfolding mix of free form exploration, 'Laughing Stock' ambience and Jeff Buckley vocal virtuosity.
laz456
70
Young Jesus give us a unique record that is enjoyable but I wish left a bit more of an impression on me. The brand of rock here might not be super common but the record meanders a bit too much to hold my attention all the way through. I do recommend this album though to almost anyone and could see lots of people getting more out of this than I am. Had it been a bit more focused I'd be all in.
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Track List

  1. Faith
  2. Pattern Doubt
  3. (un)knowing
  4. Meditations
  5. Root and Crown
  6. Lark
  7. Magicians
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Added on: July 9, 2020