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Old 08-13-2015, 10:27 PM   #46
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I haven't heard a thing from this album, but am seriously so excited for it.

Srsly.

Same here.
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:05 AM   #47
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Every time I listen to the new album I like it more. Great stuff.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:17 PM   #48
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BNM. I really want to hear this.


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Old 08-19-2015, 09:32 AM   #49
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They are playing the album in the Subpop shop at the Seattle airport. Maybe I will take a later flight.


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I'm not sure why I was expecting anything more than another Beach House album, but I was quickly put in my place. The first track was like every Beach House song, and aside from Sparks the rest was Beach House doing Beach House.

Look I'll never love this band as Peef, iYup, LM, whoever else do. I just don't get it. I've heard three albums and they all sound exactly the same to me - slow, stately, serene. The songs don't really ever build to anywhere special. They lovely, and this is good background music, but it just does very little for me. You've got these looping synth chord progressions interrupted by barely-perceptible other elements like drum or guitar, then a distant, passionless vocal from Victoria Legrand, with words you really can't make out. On occasion, these elements all come together and result in some tremendous moments like Silver Soul, Wild, and the latest addition to that is Sparks, which is fucking fantastic (thanks largely to a guitar that actually fucking plays a prominent role), maybe the best song they've ever done, but the rest... I know I'm coming across as harsh here but I just had to say something because I just cannot understand where all this ravenous love is coming from. I just do not get it. It isn't bad, in fact, it's really nice. But I just don't think it's anything more than that.
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Distant, passionless vocal.

I love it, Scott Jurgenson, I'm actually going to murder you.
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I mean I knew when I wrote that that it would be torn to shreds, and that's fine. One man's trash is another man's treasure and all that. But I don't connect with her vocals at all.
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It's really OK if you don't like Beach House. Your criticism re: the lack of variety in their music has merit. In fact, they're facing a critical backlash over it with this album.

But critics don't write reviews for fans. They're already going to listen to and probably enjoy the album. I love this album because I love their sound. It's a very good batch of melodies and arrangements and it has the texture I look for from them. And even if it's not a big leap (which I don't expect at this point), Sparks is their heaviest song to date and Days of Candy is their most ethereal. There are some extremes on this record.

But no, if you didn't like Beach House before, you won't be changing your mind with this one. If you do, you'll probably like it. They're not doing anything wrong and the listener isn't either. It's just the way it is. They're hardly the only band with a tried and true formula.
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I still don't like Sparks but the rest of the first half has grown on me, and I already really liked the second half.
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The tremendous thing about Beach House for me is how soothing they are, and I mean that in the most positive way possible. Victoria especially is hypnotic. I listen to Beach House frequently at work as a de-stressor; it's the best method I have yet found.
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I don't know how someone can listen to a song like 10 Mile Stereo and go "yeah, no passion there."
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Listening to the stream this morning. It does indeed sound like Beach House, which I like.

In semi Cobbler defense, this album is pleasing, but the Destroyer is more interesting.


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I don't know how someone can listen to a song like 10 Mile Stereo and go "yeah, no passion there."


You're now on the flipside of the exact same argument we were having in the Pink Floyd thread
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Yeah, but I'm the protagonist of reality so I'm right and you're wrong.
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Call me when there is more Sparks. There is something in that song they need to pursue more.
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