Sub Pop, 2012
It's interesting how consistency can be viewed as either favourable or as a fault. With Bloom, Beach House returns from 2010's Teen Dream with 10 pretty and vaguely melancholic songs, each one reminiscent of the one before it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this album: any track could find a comfortable home nuzzled in the middle of a mix-tape to either a future or former lover, just as a song like "Myth" could easily (and likely will) be used to soundtrack a supposedly poignant moment in a film where the protagonist might lean her head against the window of a car, reflections of trees and stars brushing by, with her face perfectly expressionless (which, of course, should be interpreted as being anything but). As lush organs drone and mid-tempo vintage drum machines pitter patter alongside the arpeggiating guitar, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally's reverberated voices bounce between one anothers beautifully. And yet the entire experience is so uniform that unfortunately Bloom becomes quite forgettable.
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