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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 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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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B007LNJ4YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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I love this album which is why I bought it on vinyl, unfortunately it's the size of a 33 but you have to spin it at 45, my record player can't do that. Guess I'll just keep it until I get a new one...
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It seems that the opinion on Beach House's fourth album is a bit mixed. There are two definite camps: both of these sides have equally valid criticisms and objections. One group of listeners praise Beach House for their focus on tone, atmosphere, and chord shifts. The other, more critical group, believes that BLOOM is awash with cheap Casio synthesizers and 80's nostalgia. Because I believe that both of these groups have valid opinions, I would suggest that those who are interested in Beach House's BLOOM sample the album first. Here on Amazon, listeners can stream bits of songs for free: these short snippets should be enough to inform most decisions on which of these two camps he/she will fall into.

With that said, I fall into the first camp: I really enjoyed BLOOM. While perhaps it may not reach the same heights of their previous album, TEEN DREAM, the duo have released another batch of solid, consistently enjoyable dream-pop. The band's music is checkered with stylistic flourishes: it's midtempo, atmospheric, and yes, "dreamy." By using a combination of traditional instruments (guitar, drums, etc...) with electronic instruments (synthesizers and keyboards), the band sounds strange, but never processed. There's an organic layer to the band's sound that keeps it grounded. For some listeners, this combination may seem dull, boring, and sleepy, but for most fans, it's quite beautiful.

BLOOM begins with "Myth," a song that seems to dictate the course of the album. The progressions in the music are repetitive, vocalist Victoria LaGrand's voice is breathy with a pinch of reverb, and the percussion is overtly rhythmic. The songs and instruments seem to coalesce together; the songs become an album, the instruments become a sound.
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