Beach House - Devotion - Review

Rating: 8/10

I want the world to hear them, because they deserve success. For a band there is nothing more miserable than an exhausted desire. You create music, but your talent is not recognized. We should be grateful for amazing under rated bands for creating such great music. That's why I love the art of music so much! Baltimore dream pop duo, Beach House, produce another great record. It is plain dream pop music but fulfilled with emotion. The openers ‘Wedding Bell’ and ‘Gila’ are the standout songs.

As you know, the self-titled Beach House was one of the most blogged album of last year. Organs, percussion, and guitar echo around you. Actually, their songs are pretty relaxing, and you just let it play. Victoria Legrand keeps her tone of voice exactly the same on every song, which can be dull at times. I think she's a big fan of Nico, and has a similar voice. Nico, in my opinion is one of the most important female names in rock music history. The album is original and it makes you dreamy on those winter nights.

MM picks: Wedding Bell, Gila, All The Years, D.A.R.L.I.N.G.


Freddie Sirmans on 1:59 am said...

This is a very, very interesting blog.

gila said...

Devotion rocks!

Will Barclift on 6:21 pm said...

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you are falsely presenting your personal situation with fame/recognition as if it were a universal truth - that an artist's psychological contentedness is supposedly determined by some pathetic need for recognition. How disrespectful to the artist is that? How disrespectful are you being to devote the opening of an article "of praise" to talking about the music in terms of what is not there - recognition (which you are somehow able to define in the artist's absence; you place recognition practically adjacent to "success"). This brings up a problem with music, post-phonograph. We find a bunch of marginally talented, YET somehow, self-congratulatory egomaniacs who spend more time talking about their worth than at the piano with a staff and a pencil. They out the cart before the horse with their lust for self-recognition. How about recognition as a byproduct of the autonomous artist's work? How about success as the song; is it articulating what the artist wants to say? By the end of the song, do the lyrics or the notes resolve or craftily prolong the sentiment at hand? This article should start at the words "Baltimore dream pop duo..." What cannot be heard on the album should be specific to Beach House - not to your vicarious aspirations. And, the best songs are, rather, your favorites. That said, it is a delightful album! I wonder if sounds like this could develop in the lime light or if a certain degree of their beauty is attributable to the artists' leading role in the production. My impression is that the reverberant, bittersweet melancholia I feel in listening to it comes from real individuals - that the album is close to the root of the ideas - not withered through a pop record label.

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