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Beach House

Beach House - Beach House
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2006 Ratings: #415 / 653
User Score
Based on 266 ratings
2006 Ratings: #92
October 3, 2006 / Release Date
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Carpark / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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At no point during Beach House's 35 minutes does it ever sound like the work of more than two people. Mostly, those people even sound human.

Drowned in Sound
Beach House’s debut is not an album for our time; it is one that yearns for a simpler life, for an existence always tinted rose and viewed through eyes misted by joyous tears, something we all wish for but will never achieve. Yet for just over 40 minutes it seems within reach, such is the understated power and beauty of this collection.
The exquisiteness of Beach House's debut album should not go unnoticed -- it's one of the most mystical indie pop surprises to arrive in 2006.
The Line of Best Fit
A slight shifting of the tempo would serve to make this a more memorable record but, due to it’s shortness, the few highlights that are here are worthy of your attention.
The Guardian
It's all deeply atmospheric, and occasionally stirring: Auburn and Ivory's waltz-time tempo conjures up the moment in a horror film when it becomes obvious that the new babysitter isn't quite what she seems. Ultimately, though, it proves that atmosphere isn't enough to carry a whole album.
NOW Magazine
A solid debut, but only a hint of what's to come.
Rolling Stone
Finding the best bits in these sleepy songs often feels like hard work.
I'm excited to get into this group, so let's start from the beginning, shall we?

Beach House's eponymous debut album, Beach House, is a really charming and sweet sounding start for the group. Putting my full attention on the album and just laying on my bed I could visualize the beautiful atmosphere they created on this album. However, it didn't completely grab me. The album's a bit one-note and the vocals can get a bit dull at times. Every song kind of followed the same structure with them ... read more
(Band Binge: Beach House Part One of Eight)

Eh. It's fine.

So i'm not well versed in Beach, at all. Seriously, I haven't heard a single album, haven't heard a track, haven't even heard a single goddamn sound of this band...but yet here we are. I've just heard they are amazing, and after looking at their discogoraphy, they seemed like a perfect band to band binge. So, when I asked what people wanted me to cover for the series, a collective 'BEACH HOUSE PLEASE' was uttered. Hence ... read more
I've listened to this album quite a few times now. Not once have I wanted to skip through any of the tracks. They're so captivating with how simple and human they are on this project in particular that everything just seems to flow through as one project. Everything fits together, and there's not an unnecessary moment on this album. This album changed how I listen to music altogether.

Favorites: Tokyo Witch, Master of None
Sorry guys, this isn't doing it for me the way i wanted it to
Since Bloom and Depression Cherry clicked hard, I thought it was time to get through their discography. This was an underwhelming start. I have to forgive them to some extent, it is a debut, however this is just kinda messy to me. I see their potential which they would later go onto achieve all over this record, however the mixing is pretty bad, making the sound too grainy and the vocals sometimes too loud for my liking. One thing I ... read more

Do people really find this mediocre? I mean, to each their own and all that, but in my opinion, Beach House's debut is their best project ever. I understand that it's a bit sleepy at times and could come off as boring to some, but personally, I think this album is super charming, well-produced and performed, and a lovely listen in general. From the lo-fi, fuzzy keys to the unexpectedly powerful bass, this duo (YEAH, ONLY TWO PEOPLE MADE THIS THING) create an ethereal soundscape that's so ... read more
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Track List

  1. Saltwater
  2. Tokyo Witch
  3. Apple Orchard
  4. Master of None
  5. Auburn & Ivory
  6. Childhood
  7. Lovelier Girl
  8. House on the Hill
  9. Heart and Lungs
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