Beach House - Devotion
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Based on 17 reviews
2008 Ratings: #239 / 779
Year End Rank: #49
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2008 Ratings: #68
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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
Although theoretically the least inspiring and musically delightful Beach House album, not counting the debut, its atmosphere and simple song structures create an extremely hypnotic and unearthly show with some of the best songs of the band’s catalog such as Heart of Chambers and Gila. It is undoubtedly an album that you need to listen to several times in order to fully appreciate it.

Album cover 7/10
[Discography deep dive]: Beach House, pt.2: Putting Up The Framing

After their pretty enjoyable debut album Beach House comes out with one of the most consistent listens i've ever had...consistently boring.

What happened? All the instruments sound washed out and bland like there is no life in them at all. And while Victoria Legrand's voice wasn't mind-blowing on their debut it at least had some punch and passion behind it. On this album it sounds like she's constantly in a state of boredom, ... read more
it’s good but it lacks some elements that make later BH projects so amazing
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
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