Beach House

Beach House - Beach House
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2006 Ratings: #382 / 612
User Score
Based on 194 ratings
2006 Ratings: #66
October 3, 2006 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork

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.

80
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.
70
AllMusic
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.
69
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.
60
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.
60
NOW Magazine
A solid debut, but only a hint of what's to come.
50
Rolling Stone
Finding the best bits in these sleepy songs often feels like hard work.
Cosmilk
100
Okay HEAR ME OUT ON THIS ONE because this is a strange album to rate 100.

For a long time my perception of the perfect album was one that had to have solid tracks all the way that I would come back to all the time and wouldn't get old of. This album crept up on me.

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 ... read more
smallpeeble
90
im v stressed altho idk what im feeling exactly. i felt like i have no energy or whatsover. im totally drained since last week. thank you beach house you saved me today.
fakeplasticrose
68
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
wyattflowers
65
Faves: Master of None, Apple Orchard, Lovelier Girl, Auburn & Ivory, Heart and Lungs
InModeration
47
I did not expect to be so profoundly bored when going back to Beach House's debut. Victoria's voice is thoroughly unexpressive and the mix is very muddled. There are hints of decent melody in there somewhere but it's just that. Hints.

Lyrics & Themes: 6/10
Performance: 4/10
Arrangement: 5/10
Sonic Palette: 4/10
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#16/Pitchfork

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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