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Bloom (LP+MP3)

Beach HouseVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Bloom is the fourth full length album by Baltimore-based Beach House. It builds on 2010s Teen Dream to further develop their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work. Bloom is meant to be experienced as an album, a singular, unified vision of the world. The many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and meticulously constructed to ensure there is no waste. Bloom was recorded in ... Read more in Amazon's Beach House Store

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  • Vinyl (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B007LNJ3YS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Myth
2. Wild
3. Lazuli
4. Other People
5. The Hours
6. Troublemaker
7. New Year
8. Wishes
9. On The Sea
10. Irene

Editorial Reviews

Bloom is the fourth full length album by Baltimore-based Beach House. It builds on 2010s Teen Dream to further develop their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work. Bloom is meant to be experienced as an ALBUM, a singular, unified vision of the world. The many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and meticulously constructed to ensure there is no waste. Bloom was recorded in 2011 at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX and mixed at Electric Lady in NYC. The band co-produced the record with Chris Coady.

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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dream May 15, 2012
Format:Vinyl
Like the album that preceded it, Bloom builds on Beach House's lyrical themes and musical style, evolving in a way that never compromises the band's sound. New, lush atmospheres are introduced and the recording quality is getting better with every release, but you could easily throw any song from Bloom into the same mix as any song from Devotion and they would sound great in succession. As in past reviews, I chose to review this album track-by-track. Some people are annoyed by this style of review and I respect that, so if you choose to stop reading, just know that this is likely the best album you will hear in 2012. Now, for those who are game to journey on...

Myth - With its simple programmed brush-brush-brush-cowbell intro, the band begins the album with a somewhat minimalist approach. From here, the instruments and vocals layer on and continue to build to an epic climax. From the first song, it is well understood that Beach House is back, and in top form. (10/10)

Wild - Of all the songs on this album, this one is likely the most nostalgic. The lyrics seem to tap into the same hazy territory that most of Teen Dream existed within. This time, the focus seems to be a conflicted father and the mistakes he possibly made. For this reason, Wild plays like a repressed memory. (9/10)

Lazuli - Released on Record Store Day on a limited 7" (which I missed by a long shot, thanks to my job), Lazuli is one of the singles. An arpeggiating synthesizer part carries the rhythm throughout this track, and like in "Myth," it lays the foundation. Bloom does not have any skip tracks to speak of, but this song needs time to grow on me. (6/10)

Other People - With each listen, this song gets better. The chorus might be the most infectious on the album.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...another solid effort from Beach House May 17, 2012
By DK
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I wouldn't expect anything less. While this album may not reach the same mainstream appeal as Teen Dream it is just as amazing. After the first listen I realized that I got lost in Victoria's haunting voice somewhere in the middle. I initially thought it wasn't as dynamic as their last but I have since changed my mind. It is a treat and also a task to listen from start to finish which is a credit to the production. I don't want to say that it gets better with every listen because it was brilliant from the start but it does have that signature Beach House hook. The sound quality of the vinyl is up there with some of my best sounding records. The 2 12-inch LP's are played at 45rpm which seems to add a noticeable depth to the music. I'm not an expert but I assume that the higher speed means the cartridge receives more information for a given time interval. It sounds so much better than the digital copy that is included. If you love Beach House then you probably don't need to be convinced but if you're looking for good music make the jump. Newcomers might warm up with Teen Dream then Bloom before Beach House and Devotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good and Different January 7, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Really enjoy this album, different sound than most bands. Catchy tunes with some depth as well. I liked all songs except troublemaker and it wasn't bad by any means. Also, this is a cohesive album with an underlying concept. Listen to it as a whole and you will appreciate it more. My only complaint is the 8 minutes of silence after Irene until the final song. Found this not a very good idea. Tried to listen to a bit of their previous album , many people liked it better, I think Bloom is much better. 4.5 from me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush Masterpiece May 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anything I say about this album will be unsatisfying to me because this music touches places that I cannot explain. We like to think we know who we are and what we are doing, and yet I suspect that beneath the surface we all harbor secret love, regret and hope. The music from Bloom speaks directly to things beneath our surfaces. But Bloom does not merely speak, it seduces and convinces us that our feelings are being expressed in the music. We remember, soar or weep when the music turns in a particular direction. If you have some empathy for this music, you will be taken on a journey to nostalgic places full of love. It is romantic and heart felt.
My favorite tracks from this album are Myth, Lazuli, Wishes and On The Sea, but I am not sure. I think I can change my mind every time I listen to Bloom. I am listening to "Irene" as I write this and I am utterly transformed. So slow, so slowly this music moves me. And how often can I say that I am moved by any form of art? Hardly ever. Each song in Bloom is absolutely necessary to its completion. If I could give it six stars, I would.
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70 of 100 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Driftwood May 22, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Amazon recommended this album because I liked both Yellow House by Grizzly Bear and Within & Without by Washed Out. In truth, the latter album hasn't grown on me so well. There are still times when I appreciate and feel enlivened by its ethereal aggressiveness, but I have listened to it less and less as time passes.

I have never heard of or listened to this group before. If you're a fan, you should read a different review. This is from the perspective of someone who tried something new based on a few good reviews and product cross-promotion.

Many reviews talk about the "lushness" of this album, which reminds me of the rave reviews that My Bloody Valentine or Mercury Rev got back in the day. "Lush" usually means "huge blocks of fuzzy sound," and while such things can be orchestrated well (Ulrich Schnauss, for instance), it just sounds lazy here. There's not the same kind of craft or detail to the sound as there is in Grizzly Bear. Other reviews describe Bloom's songs as being "dreamscapes," and I guess you could call them that, but things can still happen in dreams. Each of these songs, however, takes one musical idea and just cranks it around in a circle. The songs, about gentle, ephemeral, vague topics, don't have much to say, and they say them in inoffensive, angelic tones that never flirt with any interesting varieties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing LP!~
Published 18 days ago by Sebastian P. Alappat
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album. Bloom and Teen Dream mark high points ...
Incredible album. Bloom and Teen Dream mark high points in pop music in recent years. I saw Beach House live in June, and they crushed.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff K
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of early Cocteau Twins
Very atmospheric and lush, the music on this album reminds me very much of the early Cocteau Twins records, except I don't think Beach House's songs are quite as strong. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!!!
I love this album! I'm actually a first time listener to Beach House and I'm happy to say I'm a fan now. I've been listening to this CD on repeat for months. Love it!
Published 8 months ago by Toddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Catchy and vibrant tracks fill this album. I love it, don't make the mistake of playing it at 33 rpm because you'll think satan is about to reach out of the record player to claim... Read more
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern dream pop done right.
Complex and challenging music definitely has its appeal, but there’s also nothing quite like the tried-and-true harmonies, syrupy melodies, and infectiously simple rhythms of pop... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Camp
3.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of Good Songs - Irene and On The Sea
What I like about the music is that it is different. It has a Hawaiian music feel to it. I'm always looking for new sound combinations. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jerry of San Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album and Myth has become my girlfriend and my song. We started dating around the time this album came out and it was the first show we saw together, so every time... Read more
Published 12 months ago by ZenLikeMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Their Sound
This album will cause spontaneous interpretive dancing and feelings of euphoria. Better listened to at maximum volume.

Listen. Dance. Love.

You're Welcome.
Published 13 months ago by emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Levels of Ambient Beauty
I bought this Cd without knowing anything about the band. This is such a textural piece of music. The lyrics are hidden away in lush ambience in a dreamlike aural landscape. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T. Roach
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