- 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).
- Record Label: Sub Pop
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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May 14, 2018For 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.
May 11, 2018With 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.
May 11, 2018It’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.
Positive: 16 out of 16
Mixed: 0 out of 16
Negative: 0 out of 16
May 11, 2018On 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
May 11, 2018This 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
May 12, 2018I think, with this album they've reached the unreachable height for many musicians and for many years to come.
This album is the happiestI 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.… Expand
May 14, 2018I'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'.… Expand
May 13, 2018I 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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