AOTY 2019


Beach House - Devotion
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2008 Ratings: #230 / 742
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 356 ratings
2008 Ratings: #51
February 26, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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Baltimore is as musically diverse as anywhere else, but in 2008, indie rockers associate the city with colorful, energetic music, from the expatriated Animal Collective to Dan Deacon's Wham City crew. The music of Beach House, the Baltimore-based duo of multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally and vocalist/organist Victoria Legrand, is a shadow narrative running parallel to this trend: Their delicate, lovelorn pop comes in the form of deathly waltzes and dark pastoral dirge

s on which Legrand sings about desire, loss, and dreams as if telling a ghost story, splitting the difference between lovely and creepy.

(Band Binge: Beach House Part Two of Eight)

...Am I missing something here?

Look, this album isn't bad. It's far from it actually. It's sweet, wholesome, delicate, the songwriting is on point and the production is dense and off the wall. And compared to their debut, there is definite improvement. But...goddamn I was just bored to tears. I had to chuck on Devo halfway through listening just to bring me back to life!

I think i'm just the wrong guy to be looking at this group in depth. Everyone ... read more
The overall sound goes for a much more dreamy sound than their self-titled debut, however this album yet again can feel a bit repetitive and derivative. But from what I've heard in their later stuff so far, I know they're still working on perfecting their new dream pop sound.

favourite tracks: Wedding Bell, You Came To Me, Holy Dances, All The Years, Heart Of Chambers, D.A.R.L.I.N.G
least favourite: Turtle Island

Summary: Good
Any time I revisit Beach House, I find myself obsessed with one of their songs I'd never truly paid attention to before. 9 times out of 10, the song is from Devotion. Fundamentally classic songwriting.

Favorite Tracks: Gila, You Came to Me, Holy Dances, Heart of Chambers

Least Favorite: All the Years
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.
One of my favorite bands and this was certainly the album that really sold me on them... The debut is nice and has some great tunes but this is the album hinted at what was to come next.

The Daniel Johnston cover is great. Wedding Bell, Heart of Chambers & Home Again have been long time favorites.
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Year End Lists

#6/Tiny Mix Tapes
#27/No Ripcord
#30/A.V. Club

Track List

  1. Wedding Bell
  2. You Came to Me
  3. Gila
  4. Turtle Island
  5. Holy Dances
  6. All the Years
  7. Heart of Chambers
  8. Some Things Last a Long Time
  9. Astronaut
  10. D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
  11. Home Again
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