Devotion

Beach House - Devotion
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2008 Ratings: #224 / 734
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 265 ratings
2008 Ratings: #44
February 26, 2008 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork

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.

MarkCooper
83
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
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.
exception
64
repetitive and bland, beach house seemed to be still experimenting with the dream pop that they now have perfected.
fav tracks: astronaut, holy dances
InModeration
80
Devotion is market improvement over the group's debut album. The mixer is so much cleaner. Victoria's voice is still relatively reserved, but it blends seamlessly with the synth heavy production in the background. In comparison to some of their later projects, this album is quite down to earth and small scale. It's the details in the instrumentation that give this album its elegant beauty.

Lyrics & Themes: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Arrangement: 8/10
Sonic Palette: 8/10
Psycho_lad
80
Devotion seems to be an enjoyable and soothing album although it may be repetitive and similar it is just them improving time through time.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/Tiny Mix Tapes
#9/Treble
#27/No Ripcord
#30/A.V. Club
#46/Pitchfork

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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