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Bloom [+digital booklet]

May 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Sub Pop Records
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  • Total Length: 1:00:28
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  • ASIN: B007ZCZK4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,631 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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There are some really good sounds here.
it5ju5talx
The album is very consistent, with hypnotizing vocals and lyrics melting into moments of sublime bliss.
Tom L. Griffin
Been listening to this album since I bought it last week and I love it.
T. W. White

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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rock on 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 By DK on May 17, 2012
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 By billygoat on 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 By pokerman on 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 101 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on 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.
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