Beach House - Bloom
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Based on 38 reviews
2012 Ratings: #193 / 1094
Year End Rank: #8
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Bloom is a gushing collection of top tier songs that have been carefully knitted together for maximum impact, and is absolutely gorgeous and stunning.


"Bloom" is also what these 10 songs do, each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion.

A.V. Club

With Bloom, they have mastered their sultry formula.

Consequence of Sound

Every movement on Bloom extends that high silence to the length of several minutes, building within the song and into the next track to send wave after wave of eyes-closing, head-tilting, fist-clenching pinpricks.


It's not the band's most immediate music, but the album's challenging mix of heartbroken words and aloof sounds rewards patient and repeated listening.


This is a band that has hit its stride in a way that’s hard to articulate, and even harder to pull off effectively.

Beats Per Minute

The aching sweetness of Bloom’s ten tracks should override any misgivings one might have about the band’s seeming lack of stylistic evolution.

Pretty Much Amazing

Though the pair would prefer you focus on their songwriting – and Legrand’s lyrics are beautiful – it is the overwhelming aesthetic that defines this band. Bloom is beautiful.

Coke Machine Glow

Its production value is higher, each song’s many layers are audible, and the synths sound expensive. Fortunately, the band is able to match each dollar spent on Bloom’s production with solid raw material.


Beach House are equipped to leave the nods to shoegaze behind and embrace a far more holistic aesthetic – pop music. 

Under The Radar

Despite the album title, the duo picks right up where it left off on 2010's Teen Dream.


It’s an album that’s sure to satisfy long-time fans while undoubtedly garnering the band even more media buzz.


Bloom is a gorgeous, firm album with very little at stake. 

American Songwriter

The impact of Bloom lingers long after Scally’s last guitar moan and Legrand’s last breathy sigh, making you want to cue it up all over again and wallow anew in Beach House’s existential abyss.


Like every Beach House album, you’re best suited to bask in the abstraction that results from the usual mesh of signatory warm synths and fidgety guitar lines, rather than attempting to latch on to a lyric or a snippet of solitary sonic genius.


Each song is part of an overarching mood whilst carving its own identity further with each listen. This mood is one of a lucid dream, one that ensnares the listener in its own creation.


The musical partners (they’re not a couple) have chosen not to try to top what they achieved with Teen Dream on the new Bloom but rather to subsume their poppy tendencies beneath a unifying aural glaze.

God Is in the TV

This burgeoning, slow-burner, fails to match the empyreal heights of their last album, Teen Dream ... Don’t misunderstand me, Bloom is still one of the best LPs you’re going to hear in 2012, if not beyond, it’s just missing a certain something.


The Needle Drop

On Bloom, Beach House does what they do best and continues to pen some of the best dream pop tunes out there today.

Drowned in Sound

For all their undoubted accomplishment, Beach House seem to have reached their limits as a two-piece, or worse still, have simply finishing running their creative gamut altogether. 


There’s also pleasure in hearing a band do what they do so peerlessly well: croon sweet, sweet lullabies to console us in our fleshy prisons. 

Rolling Stone

The melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort.


‘Bloom’ oozes simplicity, honesty and contentness. It will be a welcome sound of summer for ‘Teen Dream’ fans, but don’t expect anything too radical.

The 405

Beach House haven't bothered re-inventing the wheel, because it keeps on spinning just fine.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The high points are as good as anything they’ve ever done, though the hooky hooks and subtle gut-punches of these are couched in surroundings that teeter on the generic and the self-derivative.

Slant Magazine

The only thing that actually elevates Bloom from the linearity of its reverb-caked narcosis is the effort of vocalist Victoria Legrand, whose husky, melancholic voice provides a weighty counterpunch to the album's papery songs.

Alternative Press

Bloom’s lack of memorable moments is frustrating, because few bands are able to craft such achingly beautiful music.

The Guardian

It's beautiful, spectral, dreamy, but never makes your pulse quicken.

NOW Magazine

Bloom is consistent in quality, and there isn't a single bad song. It just feels like they spent too much time worrying about production and not enough time songwriting.

The Observer

You probably only need the first four songs, though. Mid-album, Beach House seem to sink into a lull themselves.

No Ripcord

Bloom, unfortunately, becomes less interesting with the more attention you pay to it, largely because there is not much to set it apart from its predecessors.

Loud and Quiet

This follow-up provides more of the same with straight song writing and atmospheric arrangements that never really leave a mark.

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a hot summer time,
talking a walk through wither-
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plucking fresh fruits off
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simple things in life
many believe ‘bloom’ to be the best dream pop album in 20 years. it is ethereal, progressive, far reaching, journey like, and peaceful. it’s unheard of to have an album such as this; it’s been done by few aside from Cocteau twins.

in “the hours”, Victoria treats time like a landscape and refers to it as if it’s a traveling area. “the hours” magically subsists as a sleeper hit, the most underestimated song on ‘Bloom’. < i ... read more
Few albums will ever be as easy to get lost in as Bloom. This album exists in a way that you can just turn everything else off, stop worrying about everything happening in your life and in the world, and just let the gorgeous and gentle waves of sound carry you off into a state of bliss.
EDIT: This is now my favorite album of all time.

Every time I listen to Bloom, I am more amazed at how a human was able to make these songs.

To me, this album captures a special emotion that is hard to illicit. It is the feeling of lonely comfort. The feeling that you are all by yourself, yet you are satisfied. You are happy. You are thankful for your life, what you have, the relationships with other people, yet you're alone. And it's beautiful. When you can't get a hard-hitting argument or a ... read more
Holy shit is this album gorgeous, every tone here is absolute perfection and that bliss that this album throws me in right from the start is among one of the most satisfying feelings i'e ever had with music. This isn't just a Dream Pop album, it's THE Dream Pop album. The vocals are extremely fitting in this album, moreso than any other Beach House release that i've listened to.
As much as i love those perfect tones and the vocals, what really makes this album amazing is the deepness it finds ... read more
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Added on: March 8, 2012