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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. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. May 11, 2018
    10
    On their new LP, Beach House steals you from reality and guides you through their dream-realm full of bellowing synths and vocal melodies soOn their new LP, Beach House steals you from reality and guides you through their dream-realm full of bellowing synths and vocal melodies so perfect they almost seem ethereal. This is Beach House's return to the indie throne and their strongest release in years. 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 12, 2018
    10
    I think, with this album they've reached the unreachable height for many musicians and for many years to come.
    This album is the happiest
    I think, with this album they've reached the unreachable height for many musicians and for many years to come.
    This album is the happiest moment of this decade.
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  4. May 11, 2018
    10
    Incredible, and all the synonyms for that word perfectly describe this album.
  5. 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.
  6. May 14, 2018
    9
    I'm not quite sure what kind of record I was expecting from Beach House, but I know it wasn't this. It's the album's freshness that is itsI'm not quite sure what kind of record I was expecting from Beach House, but I know it wasn't this. It's the album's freshness that is its main appeal, and 7's surprise pivot is truly something to behold. This release still represents the duo's core, but it also acts as a stage where Legrand and Scally have opted to take more creative liberties than on previous works. Beach House deftly mix their trademark sound ('Pay No Mind,' 'Lose Your Smile') with tracks that place the pair one foot outside their comfort zone ('Dark Spring,' 'Woo'), showing themselves to be in full command of both routes. The lack of musical inhibition on 7 ultimately makes cause for much celebration, as well as enthusiastic anticipation for the band's next step.

    Highlights include 'Dark Spring,' 'Pay No Mind,' 'Lemon Glow,' and 'Lose Your Smile'.
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  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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