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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Baltimore dream pop duo was recorded in part in its home studio with some help from Peter Kember (aka Sonic Boom).
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. May 14, 2018
    100
    For the most part, it’s the moments that pivot between shadow and light that provide the most pleasure. “L’Inconnue” emerges from its chrysalis around the 1:40 mark, Legrand singing in French as a heavenly choral loop begins to surround her voice. Both musically and lyrically, the development feels closer to the sound of falling in love than anything they’ve made, an ecstatic payoff that ranks among their finest work.
  2. May 11, 2018
    91
    With 7, Legrand and Scally have gotten freer themselves. This is the sound of a band that knows itself extremely well and yet, in seeking outside perspectives and embracing imperfection, has discovered a whole new level to explore. If this album feels like an alternate-reality Beach House, it’s because Legrand and Scally have altered their reality.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Beach House is reaching for the moon once more on the beloved Baltimore duo's most stimulating aural experience to date.
  4. 80
    Instead of limiting themselves, Beach House are finally embracing all of their creative moments, which have inevitably challenged them to become better artists.
  5. May 11, 2018
    80
    As with adding different herbs and spices to a favourite recipe to keep it interesting, Beach House add details that make the songs transcend formula.
  6. May 11, 2018
    70
    Rock n’ roll is body music, and like the best electronic music, it aims for the gut. But even at their liveliest, the songs on 7 are designed for the head--a shot straight to the mind.
  7. May 11, 2018
    55
    It’s not terrible, 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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  1. May 12, 2018
    10
    When I first heard "Lemon Glow", the first single off the new album "7", I was as surprised as I was excited. With it's acidic, psychedelicWhen I first heard "Lemon Glow", the first single off the new album "7", I was as surprised as I was excited. With it's acidic, psychedelic touch "Lemon Glow" brought in the freshness but tasted sour, sounded darker and felt heavier yet beautiful nonetheless... So I was hoping that "Lemon Glow" won't be a flash in the pan within the context of the whole album and soon after we were treated with 3 follow ups; the post-rock sounds of "Dive", the shoegazing "Dark Spring", and the hypnotic "Black Car". All of these songs preceded the album, expanded the Beach House sound to new territories and raised my expectations to stratospheric levels... I had not been anticipating an album this much since Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool"... Even though the singles were expertly picked, the relatively experimental nature of the aforementioned singles is just an introduction to the rest of this album. "L'Inconnue", "Woo", "Drunk In L.A" and "Pay No Mind" are album tracks which I rank among the best Beach House have ever produced and the remaining 3 songs "Lose Your Smile", "Girl Of The Year" and the infinite closer "Last Ride" all make this album worth repeated listens. I consider this as a high creative mark for Beach House and consequently it is their darkest, boldest, heaviest and most immersive Beach House album ever. I highly recommend this, you'll find yourself subsumed by the qualities Beach House offer here. Album Of The Year Contender. Expand
  2. May 11, 2018
    10
    This feels like a step forward from their last two albums, with beautiful and polished songs that could easily fit as a soundtrack of a roadThis feels like a step forward from their last two albums, with beautiful and polished songs that could easily fit as a soundtrack of a road trip at night. The instrumentation feels soothing and expansive, and as you listen it definitely feels like a dream, which I didn't expect after the ethereal sounds of Depression Cherry. Definitely one of their best along with Bloom and Teen Dream. Expand
  3. May 27, 2018
    10
    Alejandro González Castillo
    May 11 · Edited ·
    “Most early religions… had a fascination with 7 as being the highest level of spirituality,
    Alejandro González Castillo
    May 11 · Edited ·

    “Most early religions… had a fascination with 7 as being the highest level of spirituality, as in ‘Seventh Heaven.’ At our best creative moments, we felt we were channeling some kind of heavy truth, and we sincerely hope the listeners will feel that,” explains Beach House on their Bandcamp site. And that is exactly how this record feels like. It's a grandstanding collection of pure God-like heavenly songs in the shape of revelations grasping spiritual bliss and infinite universal truth.
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  4. May 11, 2018
    10
    This is my favorite album of the year so far, it’s extremely good, well produced and written, I’m so proud of them, they’ve outdone themselves.
  5. May 16, 2018
    10
    Wonderful album. One of my best album of the year so far! Beach house never disappointed.
  6. May 18, 2018
    9
    surprisingly good in all possible musical senses, one of the best albums of this year so far
  7. May 13, 2018
    7
    I desperately want to like this album but I'm finding it quite boring. The production is really nice but the songs aren't really hitting meI desperately want to like this album but I'm finding it quite boring. The production is really nice but the songs aren't really hitting me like their older stuff. It's all a bit too placid, apart from the opening track which just sounds like a mess in my opinion. Lemon Glow has a nice vibe to it but there's nothing here that's giving me goosebumps like Teen Dream, Bloom & Depression Cherry did. Expand

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