Beach House   Devotion
3.6 Release Date: 02/2008
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5.0 classicchtrenne | August 4th 12

One of my favorite albums of all time. Every song is great and flows smoothly into the next... definitely an 'album' and not a collection of songs.

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2.5 averageRudy K. STAFF | August 16th 09

Beach Houseís music perfectly coincides with their name; as one might take a trip over to a beach house for a weekend of relaxation in the sun, so does the bandís music resemble a peaceful reverie of calm days where there is absolutely nothing to do. While doing nothing does have its benefits, it does get old. This is Beach Houseís mistake; rather than party it up occasionally, they maintain the same pace throughout their second record, Devotion, trying as hard as possible to keep the noise down and not disturb the neighbors.
Lead single ďGilaĒ epitomizes this problem. Rather than develop on the musical ideas they present at the beginning of the song, the duo is content to ride along gently on vocalist Victoria Legrandís dreamy lyrics while a fuzzy guitar and piano follow along.
Lyrically the album is strong, focusing on themes that would behoove its title: loyalty, love, friendship, and their opposites. Legrand has a haunting, ethereal voice that perfectly fits the recordís mood, and itís surprisingly soulful in a quiet sort of way. While the chill-out tempos and Legrandís comforting voice make for a potent musical sleeping aid, Devotionís failure to deviate from the bandís dream-pop formula makes a full listen through the album ultimately boring. Hey, itís better than Jack Johnson.

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