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Beach House


Seventh studio album from the Baltimore dream pop duo produced by Spacemen 3's Peter Kember

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  1. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The subtle shifts and movements on 7, show how special the sound they have truly is
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  2. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The Baltimore duo presents us with the completed architecture
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    7 plays like a dark hallucination of the Beach House we’ve come to know
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    The Baltimore duo have somehow gifted us their masterpiece
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  5. 8.9 |   Pitchfork

    Their heaviest and most immersive-sounding of their career
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  6. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Their most accomplished record to date and the latest proof that Beach House will go down as the finest, boldest and most singular dream pop act since the Cocteau Twins
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  7. 8.5 |   The 405

    As their message of optimism and a cry of coherence is strong, this release also solidifies of their efforts and dedication, hence the Baltimore duo becoming titans in the music industry and being worldwide sweethearts
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  8. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Beach House is reaching for the moon once more on the beloved Baltimore duo's most stimulating aural experience to date
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  9. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A lush record that grabs you from the onset and contains tremendous depth beyond the surface
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  10. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It's an album that has shown a progression of a band who've stubbornly refused to do so for well over a decade, what else could we truly ask of them?
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  11. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Beach House remain such assured masters of their own domain that you wonder whether it'd be akin to turkeys voting for Christmas to hope for a wholesale reinvention; 7 suggests that, instead, we should let them pull up the stylistic bumper at precisely their own pace
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    Scally and LeGrand could have only made 7 at this point in their career - not only do they have the skill to change things up, but the wisdom to know how and when to do so
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    As formless and unworldly as anything Beach House have produced. There is, however, a harder edge than ever
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The sounds are glorious, and Beach House don’t need to tear up their own rulebook after each album
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Another great Beach House record to add to the pile
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  16. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There’s a wider frame to these 11 tracks than pure post-shoegaze. In part this is the result of the band shedding their self-imposed limitations to only write what could be performed live
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  17. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    7 might not be their greatest moment (that right is still reserved for the utterly beautiful Teen Dream), but it is their most exciting
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  18. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Minor evolutions aside, there's not a whole lot to set 7 apart from the six albums that preceded it, making it easy to see this as just another Beach House album. Don't take them for granted, since it's hard to think of another band that has delivered so reliably for this long
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  19. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Instead of limiting themselves, Beach House are finally embracing all of their creative moments, which have inevitably challenged them to become better artists
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  20. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Baltimore dream-pop duo come up with a thrilling LP where every surface seems perfectly polished
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  21. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    The new era of Beach House begins
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  22. 7.0 |   The Music

    A grower and a grown-up album that is, eventually, rewarding
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  23. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's more of a subtle restyling than a full-on reincarnation, the soft-edged weightlessness, sumptuous tones and gauzy vocals still instantly recognisable. Print edition only

  24. 7.0 |   Crack

    With 7, Beach House continue to prove that if you say something quietly enough, people will lean in
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  25. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Beach House sounds like a well-oiled machine throughout 7, which doesn’t charge with furious energy, but rolls steadily
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  26. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A record that finds the duo – accompanied by their live drummer, James Barone – expanding their cinematic bent
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  27. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Pay No Mind plays appealingly like The Jesus And Mary Chain slowed to 16 rpm. Then, just as you're settling into drowsy twilight, out of nowhere, a lyric smacks like citrus on the tongue. Print edition only

  28. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    While the fruits of their reinvention aren't always compelling here, 7 is still a solid first step heralding Beach House's next phase
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  29. 6.0 |   Q

    Sumptuous, but forgettable. Print edition only

  30. 6.0 |   DIY

    A gorgeous, irreplaceable atmosphere washes over anything they play
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  31. 5.5 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s mostly pleasant to listen to, it’s beautifully produced and it’s easy to recognize the skill it takes to craft their saintly, synth-driven sound. But when you couple a critical reputation like theirs with the band’s own claim of making a big artistic jump, mostly pleasant to listen to shouldn’t cut it
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