B-Sides and Rarities

Beach House - B-Sides and Rarities
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Based on 14 reviews
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Based on 78 ratings
June 30, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Northern Transmissions

Gathering singles and some extra tunes that managed to stay off record, along with some interesting versions of some of their hits, this is definitely one of the stronger compilation albums to be released in recent memory, making it feel like a genuine gift to fans rather than a cash-in with a few choice tracks.

80
God Is in the TV

In B Sides And Rarities, Beach House have offered up an intoxicating glimpse into their alternative universe, which is never less than engaging. If you didn’t like the studio albums, this album won’t win you over, but for fans new and old, it is a treasure trove of Baltimore’s finest’s lesser-known gems.

80
AllMusic

Covering more than a decade's worth of songs, the collection underscores that while Beach House's music sounds fragile, it's also surprisingly resilient.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

For a band that creates as rabid of fans as Beach House, this b-sides collection is a welcome addition to one of the best independent catalogs this decade.

70
Drowned in Sound

The band made no claims that this collection was intended to compete alongside their studio albums, and what the record lacks in atmosphere, it more than makes up for in discrete bursts of quality.

70
The 405

Sadly, this is more a record for hardcore fans than casual ones, though there are some distinct highlights. When it’s Beach House, the bar is set pretty high, and there’s always a few flowers and gems hidden between anything that feels inessential.

70
PopMatters

Uneven though the offerings may be, there are some serious gems to be found here, and the collection adds further definition to our understanding of a band too often reduced by oversimplified interpretations.

69
Paste

Songs like “Baseball Diamond” and “Baby” are strong additions to any devotee’s collection, and for the more casual listeners, you can slip on B-Sides and Rarities at a party and it’ll be indistinguishable from the band’s studio releases.

69
Pitchfork

The collected footnotes from the Baltimore band's decade-long career plays almost as smoothly as a proper album, showing the meticulous construction behind some of Beach House’s spells.

68
GIGsoup

'B-Sides and Rarities' is unlikely to convince any Beach House doubters or win them many new fans, but it will be a very welcome release for those who have followed their work over the past decade.

65
Under The Radar

This B-sides and rarities album includes some intriguing material that will keep fans entertained until the next album, but most likely will have them returning to their favorite album tracks for a more satisfying fix.

smallpeeble
89
the first band i've ever listened to their whole discography straight this year.
exception
81
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of this a month early, and all of my expectations were surpassed. As far as throwaway tracks go, everything on here is amazing. The dynamic string work is as good as it ever has been, even sounding more raw and distortion-free at certain points.
Vocally, this is a somewhat different set of songs compared to what Victoria gives us on studio efforts. On some tracks, like Baby & Equal Mind, I would compare her voice to singers such as Lorde or ... read more
MarkCooper
76
Some really awesome throwback tracks. A big upside is that it's usually pretty easy to tell which album the song was made for. It's like a little Beach House time capsule.
cshults
70
Solid collection of B-sides
tigerballoon99
81
At this point I'm so far up both of their asses that they could literally release 50 minutes of them just burping and I would herald it as AOTY

BEST MOMENT: Chariot's outro

STANDOUTS: Chariot, Rain in Numbers, Equal Mind, Used to Be, Saturn Song, Play the Game, Norway
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Track List

  1. Chariot
  2. Baby
  3. Equal Mind
  4. Used to Be
  5. White Moon
  6. Baseball Diamond
  7. Norway
  8. Play the Game
  9. The Arrangement
  10. Saturn Song
  11. Rain in Numbers
  12. I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun
  13. 10 Mile Stereo
  14. Wherever You Go
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Added on: May 17, 2017