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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
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  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. 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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  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. Jan 7, 2019
    10
    "7" highlights what Beach House does best. It showcases their ability to create harsh guitar-dream pop hybrids, atmospheric synth ballads, and"7" highlights what Beach House does best. It showcases their ability to create harsh guitar-dream pop hybrids, atmospheric synth ballads, and their signature vague and hazy sound. "Dark Spring" begins the record on a driving, yet shoegaze-like trance, which is a different, yet familiar type of opener for the band. "Pay No Mind" gives off a breezy atmospheric change and brings singer, Victoria Legrand's mellow vocals into the spotlight for the first true time on the album.

    The lead single, "Lemon Glow", contains bouncing keys, Alex Scally's moving guitar work, and a hazy ambience that is infectious and extraordinary. The lyrical content on "7" is nothing short of remarkable, which is apparent all the way through. The Baltimore duo brings echoes of 2015's "Depression Cherry" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" back into play on the scenic and beautiful "L'Inconnue", with its signature drum beat and flowing vocals. The group carries this same, prominent energy into "Drunk In LA", the centerpiece of the album.

    The underlying culmination of "Dive" is a moment of beauty and dreaminess. Although the seventh track, "Black Car", takes a while to fade up, the song is rewarding and blossoms into a familiar sounding Beach House hymn. "Lose Your Smile" is an indie rock-dream pop composite while "Woo" is a more synth-focused anthem. "Girl of the Year" provides the vision of amazing visuals, as do all the songs on "7", and "Last Ride" is that lengthy, captivating album closer in the way that "Take Care" (2010's "Teen Dream"), and "Days of Candy", (2015's "Depression Cherry") are.

    Beach House redefine their position as dream pop paragons and "7" is a majestic, glorious, and splendorous addition to their already brilliant and glimmering catalogue.
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  4. May 11, 2018
    10
    When they released Lemon Glow at Valentines Day I talked to myself: Ok this album certanily gonna be a blast! And then they release Dive andWhen they released Lemon Glow at Valentines Day I talked to myself: Ok this album certanily gonna be a blast! And then they release Dive and Dark Spring and I was: It's going to be **** amazing! So then Black Car come out....Guys, I literally cried while listening to that song. Beach House was about to drop the best album of 2018 so far and it when i heard the whole record i got so excited about how incredible is. Beach House just keeping giving the best melodies and I'm so happy Victoria and Alex exist. It's wonderul! Expand
  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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