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Teen Dream

Beach House

2010

Teen Dream

Album Summary

Teen Dream is the third studio album by American dream pop duo Beach House. It was released on January 27, 2010 as the band's debut album on the record label Sub Pop. Internationally, the album was released by Bella Union in Europe, Mistletone Records in Australia, and Arts & Crafts in Mexico. The album was produced by the band and Chris Coady. The album received universal acclaim from music critics, who hailed it as one of the best albums of 2010. NME included it in their 2013 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was also included in the 2014 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In October 2019, Pitchfork ranked it in the 21st position among the best albums of the 2010s.

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Rating

3.31

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6037

Genres

  • Pop
  • Indie
  • Rock
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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

So dreamy, but never to the point of feeling like it blew itself away; it remained fluid but thick and sweet, like floating in a pool of honey. The songwriting and production echoed a lot of the same notes as Fleet Foxes for me while also calling to mind Phil Spector and his wall of sound, and of course it definitely had the influence from the synth-rock sounds of Disintegration-era Cure. This hit a lot of sweet spots for me. On another note (or perhaps because of these notes), damn would this make some good bonin’ music. I gotta go get my wife.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
5

I put every single track on my 1001 Albums playlist. For me, this album is the gold standard of dream pop. I could listen to it all day. Best track: Zebra

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Well. I'm not sure what I think really. It was relaxing, well done for what it was. I feel like I need to listen to it again, as I'm not sure if I liked it or not. Odd review, I know, but so was this album.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

I've never hear of this artist or album before. It's not bad. Could be nice to fall asleep to.

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Sun May 01 2022
2

This record is the exact sound of all indie anti-pop mainstream records in the 2010s. It takes me back to being 25, wanting to get drunk, party, and listen to anything but this style of music. I don’t dislike it, I just can’t have fun with it. And nothing about this feels special or groundbreaking.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 14/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =60 Oooh just sneaked into the four star slot there

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

I love Beach House's approach to using low-end synthesizers and other electronic instruments, I believe they said something like "find a crappy keyboard, and find the one setting on it that sounds good and ignore the rest". I had no listened to this particular album, but I knew of Silver Soul which is super good, peak Beach House. The semi-lofi soft melancholy singing and song progressions is millennial sad in a bottle. I think it still holds up. Legrand's vocals are still unique to my ears, they feel very honest. I hear elements of drone, shoegaze, but of course that sparkly indie-pop of the 2010s. I love the detuning on Norway, which I've heard as well. There is a bit of a lull in the middle of the album for me though, the first 3 tracks are 4s but the others are completely ignorable for me, unfortunately. I really want to give it a 4 but as an album it is not consistent in quality, so it's a 3.5 down to 3.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
1

I can sort of understand why people might like this, it's really not for me though. It doesn't really do anything, or go anywhere. There's no passion in here, it's like they're going through the motions in an effort to sound cool and they're falling way short. Not for me.

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Sun May 01 2022
1

If dry granola made an album. Completely lacking anything of any interest.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Take me back so simpler, vibier times. Fill my heart with your delicate voice. Fill my tank with your 5-star album.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

This sounds a bit like the moody musical sections of some TV show, where the characters stare into the distance in the rain pondering what they've done. Not that that's a bad thing, really liked it.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Never heard of Beach House before and this album was a good introduction. I liked the harmonics between the vocalists and the melodies as well, not to mention the the guitar riffs. Listened while I work and the songs did a great job of a chill background music. A solid 8/10. Favorite songs: Zebra, Silver Soul, Better Times

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Tue Nov 24 2020
3

some indie pop stuff. alright for some background music

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

Quite chill. Not exactly what I'm looking for at the moment but it fit in quite nicely with the snowy environment while taking a walk.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Lots of the songs by Beach House sound very similar. So I think the album is cohesive. I was able to listen to the whole thing, but largely forgot about it while listening. Then something happened, the streaming service got to the end of the album and another song came up and the style was similar but the singing was better. I was like "ooh who is this singer, they should get her to do more songs" but it was a different band and album entirely ("The Trip by Still Corners")

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Guess it's nice background music?

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Tue Jan 18 2022
3

Arguably the most neutral, uneventful, uninspiring album so far

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

Sounds like every other pop album from the same era. Although it's mixed well and there is some quality to the craft, it is overall boring and repetitive.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
2

I think they forgot that the drum machine can go faster than 60 beats per minute. But really, this was a boring, non-descript, self-indulgent album.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

Track 01 - 1.25/5 Track 02 - 0.5/5 Track 03 - 1.75/5 Track 04 - 1.5/5 Track 05 - 2/5 Track 06 - 0.75/5 Track 07 - 1/5 Track 08 - 1.75/5 Track 09 - 2/5 Track 10 - 2/5 Overall: 1.5/5 Album Art: 2/5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

Aural pleasant wallpaper.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Individual tracks are pleasant - montage music for films at the sad part when you don’t know if the romance will work out or not. All together as an album it’s dreary. Tough to wade through in one go.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

this should be the type of stuff that on paper i should like. in reality its not very often i like american indie music. its generally like this album, bland, twee and made for adverts.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

2, nice but not very unique

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Tue Feb 23 2021
1

Couldn’t really get into this, every song seemed the same and the music was pretty boring.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
1

Did not like...not sure why. Reminded me of rejected songs from the Forrest Gump soundtrack for some reason.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
1

So far I really dislike this. It’s like elevator music that’s depressing. The fact that I can’t just ignore it is wild, it actively pisses me off

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Sun May 09 2021
1

Either it’s a ‘grower’ or I have severe adhd but I couldn’t listen to any one track all the way through.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
1

Never heard of them before this, never will again. Pish, which should never be in this list, or in end of year top album lists. Not one song I liked, or would be happy to hear again. Rubbish

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Tue Jul 26 2022
1

Shite

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Tue Jul 26 2022
1

Guess I woke up on the unforgiving side of the bed, because this Teen Dream was a bit of a nightmare. But it's as advertised; it's sung in the key of "maudlin teen." Personally, I'd rather listen to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" on repeat than listen to this album again. It's a no from me, dawg.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
5

it's samey but it's also my style

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Love this record. Seeing these songs live is amazing.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Great chill vibes/shoegaze?

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Really nice melodic music. Great to listen while working, but also just to chill out

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

A favorite album in this house.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Lighthearted, easy listening

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Excellent album de dream pop. Duo très intéressant!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Right up my alley. A good indie-laid back album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Nice beachy New Wave/dream pop

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

So lovely. Take Care was on a playlist I made Julian a fews back.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Great sound

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Beach House er fantastisk IMO. Avslappende men ikke så mye at det blir kjedelig. Synes det er bittelitt rart at det er teen dream og ikke bloom som er albumet som blir trukket frem. Men, fantastiske album begge to.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Está bien. Slow indie pop.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Not my favorite Beach House album but tbh everything of theirs from this album on is 5-star territory imo

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

I like it a lot. The music and the voice are really attractive.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Great background music

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

so touching

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Beach House is a top ten artist for me, and this album is what brought me in. It's an entire mood.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

legal

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

Wow this is a masterpiece. I was sceptical first, but this is MAGICAL

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Lovely, like a west coast surf Fleet Foxes

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Beautiful dreamy shoegazy album. Silver Soul, Take Care are some beautiful songs. I love the vocals silky voice, it's almost a lullaby.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Why is their sound ethereal? Her voice? Combo of synth and guitar? Is it an effect of the droning in each song? Their music just feels different somehow. It’s hypnotic, relaxing, nostalgic, but also has a hint of emo, it’s heavy but light. A combination of Indy pop, sci-fi soundtracks, nostalgic sounding effects, early electronic minimalism and a beautiful deep female voice akin to Nico. There is really only one crescendo, but it feels like it’s constant throughout. For me this is an easy 5, just as good on a summer drive as a moody evening in by myself. All songs are good, catchy. This has been the soundtrack to many road trips and will continue to be so.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

I love listening to this kind of music while doing other things, like designing or reorganizing my home. It inspires me.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

I forgot how great this album is. Time to listen to more Beach House.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

It’s beautiful. 9/10

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

I now see why they are so popular!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

This one is on my daily rotation. Fucking love them

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Great.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

So dreamy

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Beach House babyyyyyyyy

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

An all time favorite

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

Está bien. Slow indie pop. 5.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Beautiful album, you forget about how much music was like this around 2010, it was a really good time for music. Surfy/indie/laid-back. Music to sit in a warm field and listen to.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Adorei!

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

<3

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

4.5/5. Shit was LOVELY but dummy hipster indie

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Nunca tinha escutado nada dessa banda. Adorei. Uma grata surpresa. Super relaxante.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

I am not familiar with and never heard of BEACH HOUSE and their third album, TEEN DREAM at all. After listening to TEEN DREAM multiple times, I really the soft, clear vocals and the haunting musicianship that this album gives us. But I struggle with the album as a whole, while the vocals are exquisite, and the lyrics are stream-of-consciousness, and both really work well together. I have a problem with the musicality at the beginning of the album I was almost falling asleep, not out of boredom, but rather the lack of variety, as the album progressed I was able to get the musicality and the flow the album was much better, hence the higher score on the songs. A interesting and unusual album, almost like a Kate Bush with stream-of-consciousness lyrics rather than storytelling. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, BEACH HOUSE - TEEN DREAM, is the only album listed Rate Artist: BEACH HOUSE (5.0) Rate Album (Year): TEEN DREAM (US 2010 Original) (5.0) Ranking of BEACH HOUSE - TEEN DREAM songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. "Zebra" 4:48 08.0/10 02. "Silver Soul" 4:58 08.0/10 03. "Norway" 3:53 09.0/10 04. "Walk in the Park" 5:22 08.0/10 05. "Used to Be" 3:59 10.0/10 06. "Lover of Mine" 5:06 10.0/10 07. "Better Times" 4:23 10.0/10 08. "10 Mile Stereo" 5:03 10.0/10 09. "Real Love" 5:20 10.0/10 10. "Take Care" 5:48 10.0/10 US 2010 Original Release 093.0/100 = 3.30 / 2 = 4.65

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

definition of the genre

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Thu May 12 2022
5

So chill, I love it !

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Rubber soul

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Fri May 27 2022
5

This is a great album. One of the best of that year 2010

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Ne trebam ni slusat opet, albumčina

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

Beautiful antidote for the last offering! Lovely bimble in the sunshine 🌞

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

i love how big the sound is on this album and i love how powerful victoria’s voice is

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all time. I've listened to this countless times since I discovered it 3 months ago. I've listened to it while hiking, working, walking around the city, riding a train in Europe, lying in my bed, and lying on a rock in the woods in the rain. I've listened to this high on weed, shrooms, and LSD. The production is much more sophisticated and involved than their prior two albums, they go really far with the capabilities of their keyboards and how to manipulate Legrand's vocals as another instrument, a tool frequently employed in dream pop. "10 Mile Stereo" is the biggest example of how far they take synths you would never see in their s/t or Devotion. I'm a fan of every single song. It was very hard for me to resist not adding every single song to my liked songs on Spotify, which after listening to over a thousand albums, is something I've only struggled with on Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper, and Abbey Road. For reference, the songs I hesitatingly convinced myself were not needed to be added were "Better Times" and "Real Love." So what do I love about this album? I'm not going to do a song-by-song analysis, as I believe the album is highly coherent, and their strengths are not unique to each track despite how special each of them is. In short, it's one of the most optimistic, hopeful albums. In general, Beach House albums are dreamy, hypnotizing, nostalgic, and comforting. Songs like "Used to Be" lift my spirits and put a smile on my face despite the conflicting longing lyrical subject. But they all put a smile on my face... I'm not making this up... only this album is only to do this to me!! Every song starts with a peculiar hook that pulls you in, and the dreamy keyboards, rhythm, and entrancing vocals stop you from diverting your attention. Teen Dream is peculiar in that nearly every song has this bridge into what could be an entirely different song. The whole record is coherent. "Zebra" pulls you in with the mysterious opening chords and hits you with powerful and emotional synths. Then when you think that must be the highlight, "Silver Soul" shows you that yes, the WHOLE ALBUM is just as strong. "Norway" is *probably* not my favorite, but it's what I might consider being their best song. Skipping to near the end, we have one of the most complex, exciting tracks "10 Mile Stereo" which drops into "Real Love" which calms the nerves and anticipates the climax of the album. "Take Care" is my favorite closer of all time... it feels like a warm hug that almost makes you cry, and you wish that the album would never end. Teen Dream hit me in a huge way, as I started listening to their discography in order and was stunned at how dramatic the shift was from Devotion. I had not felt the same way about later albums, but they're different moods. I'm happy this is the Beach House album chosen on this list, but I highly recommend everyone to check out the rest of their discography. Beach House is among the most consistent bands out there, having 8 incredible records. They haven't sold out. They churn out creative ideas in every album. I admit I only started listening to them 5 months ago, but they're my new favorite band, and I can't wait to see them live next month.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Amazing

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Amazing

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Something so different and amazing. Wish I knew about earlier!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Heard before. Love Beach House. Listened many times.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Ahhhhh!!!! Classic!! The first song still gives me chills

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

So damn good. I loved this record, it is such a nice record to put on and just sit and relax. It's so soothing and so calming. Every track felt so beautifully crafted and so inspired. Zebra stands out as one of the best songs I've heard on this journey so far. The vocals are just so pretty and the entire record is just so dreamy, absolutely loved this record. Favorite Track: Zebra; Take Care; Silver Soul Least Favorite Track: None

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Really great! Loved it! Ok!

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Loved it. Zebra my favourite on the album

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

I love this album.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Probably my favorite Beach House album, so you already know my rating. 🤌

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This album is just simply beautiful. I utterly love beachhouse and their music and even tho i think depression cherry is their best album this is still perfect

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

This was my AOTY for 2010. Haven’t listened to it in years, but still sounds as good now as it did back then. Felt strangely nostalgic too for a time that doesn’t feel very long ago. Absolutely class. This album got me into Bella Union, never looked back.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Beach House put out at least a 3-album run of 5-star gems and this was the first. Hypnotic and beautiful - changed me when I first heard it

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

A perfectly constructed dream

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

I usually dislike this genre of music; I find it headache-inducing. But this was just so well-made. It has a cohesive texture while also having many eclectic sound choices to make each track interesting.

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Sat Jan 14 2023
5

I’ve always meant to check them out, but never got to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though it’s a bit samesie, I feel like that’s also part of what made it so vibey cohesive. Also, I’ve got a soft spot for Sub Pop as a Washingtonian. You know what? I’m giving this 5 stars!

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

New to me but don't know how I missed it when released. Love it!

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Mon Feb 06 2023
5

Teen Dream in a way kinda sound like it's cover; beautiful. The sound of this record is amazing with incredible piano passages doubled with Victoria Legrand's superb voice. This album envelops you with its sound in a way not a lot of album do. This is the first dream pop classic from this band that will put out a lot of other great albums. Zebra, Norway, Used to Be, Walk in the Park and Take Care are all gems. 9/10

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Tue Feb 07 2023
5

D'humeur généreuse

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Fri Nov 13 2020
4

closer to a 4.5

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

7.5/10 F.t.: silver soul

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Listened before

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