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The Beach House's Teen Dreams makes me feel good. Sort of reminds me of Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, High Llamas.
The DVD is not up to par with the music. It's actually detracting. And I don't like the recurring motif taken from the hackneyed Temptations' riff from the beginning of "My Girl"
All the same, Teen Dreams is still close to perfection.
I am thrilled that I found the review on Pitchfork and that I decided to take a chance on the CD. It's beautiful music and I will be sharing it with friends and family.
The anticipation around this album across American music blogs has been huge largely as a consequence of widespread leaks of the album. The result is that it is already being hyped up as this year's Animal Collective equivalent e.g. an album released in the first month of the New Year which will dominate 2010's musical landscape. In the first place a comparison between "Teen Dream" and "Merriweather" makes little sense since they are chalk and cheese in terms of musical styles. But more than this they are unhelpful since they burden "Teen Dream" with a comparison which it does not need and a weight of expectation that this fragile beauty should not be required to carry. After all it is the quality of the music that counts.
Beach House is a duo from Baltimore comprising Victoria Legrand (yes she is related to the French composer Michel) and Alex Scally. "Teen dream" is on the Bella Union label and Sub pop in the US and recorded in a church in upstate New York and you can tell. This is an album of real grace and power. The songs are characterised by an ethereal dreamy pop sensibility and Legrand's voice has echoes of Nico, Marianne Faithful, Patti Smith and of course Hope Sandoval.Read more ›
The pink book revealed that the pink disc was in fact a full-length DVD full of videos for every song on the album, each video directed by a different filmmaker. The first director's name? Sean Pecknold. Hmm. Pecknold, as in Fleet Foxes Pecknold? Yep, the brother of the head Fox. Seemed odd to me, considering my first thought as Teen Dream's opening song played was "it sounds like these guys have been listening to the Fleet Foxes since their last album." Weird. The closing video was directed by Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew, too. But no, Teen Dream doesn't really sound too much like BSS. More on the videos later.
The first thing you need to know about the music side of Teen Dream is that it is a very big sounding record. Band members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally took the R.E.M. approach while following up the success of their 2007 breakthrough, Devotion, here recording in a converted church.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the album, which is why I bought it. One of my favorite contemporary albums. However, I don't think I'll be buying vinyls from Amazon anymore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still my favorite Beach House record. Amazing from top to bottom. Made my top list in 2010, still listening today......... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Corey C.
came in a reasonable time, love the careful packaging. Great album!Published 7 months ago by Jessica Aguilera
Very cool album glad to have picked this up. I'm a fan of Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star, so if you did that kind of atmospheric, mood music this will scratch your itch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by david
Full of pretension and light on substance, Beach House is a band that I just don't get. I've heard almost nothing but praise about the group and while I hadn't been too impressed... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Erik Bateson