Beach House
Teen Dream


4.5
superb

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
September 29th, 2010 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ever been to Merriweather?

There are some bands, and albums that must be listened to under a certain set of circumstances to unleash their full potential. Just like Gospel is best on a rainy, foggy day, and just like Godspeed You! Black Emperor is best when given full attention in an intimate setting, Beach House's Teen Dream is an album that needs to be experienced, not simply listened to.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a place in most Sputnik user's hearts, if simply only for the fact that it tickles their little hipster tummys just thinking about the name. But before it was an overrated indie album, Merriweather was a venue, and a damn fine one at that. The secluded, yet wide open expanse of the pavilion on one of summer's last clear, starry nights is the perfect place to experience the brand of dream pop that Beach House offers.

Laying on the lawn, a crisp 70 degrees out, looking up at the open night sky and the countless stars filling it, light up a cigarette as the intimate guitar picking courtesy of Alex Scally comes forward, the subtle organ and keyboard effects that contribute to the atmosphere of the music and the night, the silky smooth yet low vocals of Victoria Legrand, it all comes together in a way that few other live performances have ever done.

Whether its the pulsing organ notes layered with LeGrand's enunciated husky singing in "Walk In The Park," the sparse guitar plucking of "Zebra," or the uptempo jubilation of "Used To Be," there's something simple and pure about Beach House's music. It isn't technically earth-shattering, nor is it cutting edge or particularly original, but there is an unidentifiable factor about the duo that just exudes charm and like-ability.

Every song has its own unique feel and aesthetic, but all together, the album provides a wonderful taste of some dream pop made my two of the best in the game. Subtle electronics, simple shoegaze-y guitar picking and plucking, airy and innocent organ and keys, slow and deliberately paced drumming.And those vocals, oh those wonderfully silky smooth and husky vocals that you'll be humming along to for months into fall and winter, waiting for those summer nights to return to you.

Beach House offers the best of their discography in Teen Dream, and while everyone doesn't have the pleasure of being an hour from Merriweather Post Pavilion, everyone does have the ability to pick up one of the most charming and uplifting pop albums of the year, and I highly recommend you do so.



In a matter of time, it would slip from my mind
In and out of my life, you would slip from my mind
In a matter of time




Teen Dream drifts to a 4.5/5



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Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Expect copious negs from:

"FUCK YOU ANIMAL COLLECTIVE MPP NOT OVERATID."

Quick writeup, more about atmosphere and feel than individual songs, hope the format worked out. I had someone
read it and they said they could definitely get a feel for the music from it, but i dunno. Let me know guys, as always.

Treska
September 29th 2010


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I WAS THERE MOTHERFUCKER! right next to you in fact. i gave you that cigarette. i like this band. review's straight.

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That you were, sir, that you were.

Had to move it up to a 4.5

Its getting cold outside, Beach House helps

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2010


7321 Comments


Good review mate.

AggravatedYeti
September 29th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules so hard

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thank you sir. I wish more people knew about this, its truly a one of a kind experience in the right situation.

TheSpirit
September 29th 2010


18001 Comments


Merriweather Post Pavilion is a place in most Sputnik user's hearts, if simply only for the fact that it tickles their little hipster tummys just thinking about the name. But before it was an overrated indie album, Merriweather was a venue, and a damn fine one at that



Was that supposed to be 'has'?




Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. I'm going to try and experience it right in a few hours

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

both "is" or "has" make grammatical sense. ive already edited this thing thrice (lolicwutudidthere) cause of mistakes and
shit

unless of course, there are people who dont know MPP is an actual place, but that's a long shot. i hope.

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good review. I'm going to try and experience it right in a few hours


a joint helps. just sayin. and thanks bro.

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, i don't have any weed, but I'll be tripping so it should be awesome

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ahaha trey (that dude who commented up thurr, treska) ate 6 hits of acid before the show. lucky fuck.

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha nice. I've never done acid

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Its something. It is something.

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bet, I really want to try

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You'll never look at The Disco Biscuits the same way again.

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

should I listen to them to?

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

YES YES YES. get the wind at four to fly.

foreverendeared
September 29th 2010


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m'kay, i'm doin it bro

Comatorium.
September 29th 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Such a great live album. Especially considering their studio stuff is terrible.



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