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Teen Dream (W/Dvd) [Import]

Beach House Audio CD
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Limited deluxe CD/DVD edition including a bonus DVD containing a video for every song on the album, each by a different director.. 2010 album from the Baltimore duo. Recorded in upstate New York, in a converted church called Dreamland with producer/engineer Chris Coady (who has worked with TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blonde Redhead), Teen Dream is their third album and their Sub Pop debut. Teen Dream gives voice to a full universe of unbridled imagination, and the manifestation of the album has been a welcomed and all-consuming obsession for Beach House the past nine to 12 months.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Dream - Beach House Sept. 11 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
2010 proved to be an amazing year for albums, and most critics would agree, that you can't formulate a top ten greatest albums of 2010 without somewhere including Teen Dream from Beach House. Not only did it prove that "Dream Pop" can be a truly engrossing experience, but also that Victoria Lagrande and her partner really have chops as performers. Her voice will capture you In many ways most other female vocalists don't. Zebra, Norway, 10 Mile Stereo, Walk in the Park, and Lover of Mine are all some of 2010's strongest and most beautifull works!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy May 16 2010
Format:Audio CD
Beach House has the sort of sound that you'd expect from a band with that name -- languid, vaguely dreamlike pop, full of summer nights, sparkling stars and a twist of reto 60s psychedelica. "Teen Dream" is a pretty polished product of that sound -- it's basically a string of silvery pop tunes, all of them enjoyable and sweet but with only one real standout.

"Zebra" opens the album like a sunrise -- a languid cycling guitar, and murmured lyrics about a deceptive, exquisite person. "You know you're gold, you don't gotta worry none/Oasis child, born and so wild/Don't I know you better than the rest/All deception, all deception from you..." It slips easily into the second song, the mellow curling "Silver Soul."

The songs that follow are mostly in the same vein -- mellotron laced pop songs that reek of the 60s, breathless rustling stretches, peppy beach-party tunes like "Used To Be," and sparkly melodies that rattle and shimmer like a jewelry box. And if the first couple songs are sunrise, the final couple of songs are sunset -- a slow, easy descent into the stately "Real Love" and the soft, vaguely psychedelic "Take Care."

"Teen Dream" is a lot like Beach House's last two albums -- in other words, it's a fairly steady and unwavering little pop album. There are some little speckles of dancy sound or uptempo moments, but a lot of the time it's just a steady stream of mildly psychedelic pop. The biggest flaw is that there's only one real standout song on the album (the alluring epic "Walk in the Park").

In fact, the rest of the songs just bleed into a big satiny expanse, but fortunately they're very sweet, pretty songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good Feb. 23 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
een Dream by Beach House
this is a pretty good album, sort retro new wave with modern alternative rock. i was happily surprised when i opened it and got a dvd to. for 2 guys they produce some pretty complex layering. great vocal ability, reminds me of the 80's band 'talk talk'. check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skip the DVD Nov. 17 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a very intelligent album of space music (inner space: the only kind left to explore, as J. G. Ballard used to say). Slow and pulsating, on the whole, reminds me a lot of the Cocteau Twins, though not quite as over the top instrumentally. My favorite tunes are the opener, Zebra, which is sheer perfection, and Used to Be. Note however that the version of the latter differs from the track on the commercial video release: there has been a substitution on the slow bridge: "Coming home, any day now" is new material. Personally I prefer the commercial video track. That video also had the appeal of a scenario which actually features the two musicians, which is very attractively shot & quite lovely to look at. Which brings us to the DVD accompanying this disk. A bunch of different directors were hired to produce treatments of each song on the disk. Most of this stuff is utterly self-conscious and pretentious, as only artists can be pretentious. A lot of it is totally at odds with the music, some is vulgar and garish, as if there were some deliberate attempt to mock and undercut the ethereal qualities of the music. The best of it is totally abstract ("Zebra"). Ironically, Victoria Legrand herself probably does the best work here, with her hula-hoopers in bronze bodystockings for "Silver Soul". And there is NOTHING here depicting Victoria and Alex themselves, apart maybe from what appears to be a computerized representation of Victoria's face for "10 Mile Stereo". Why the commercial video for "Used to Be" (discussed above) was not included on this DVD, I have no idea. It might possibly have saved it (all on its own), made it worth buying. As it is, this DVD is largely garbage and not worth the few extra bucks. So you have been warned. Get the CD, sit back and enjoy. The CD is gorgeous.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beauty and magic Feb. 6 2010
By Michael L. Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like dreamy pop. I'm 56 years old and I liked the Beach boys as a kid in 1962.This was before the Beatles. I liked them and the Four Seasons. "Don't Worry Baby" was my idea of pop perfection. So I am a fan of unapologetic pop music.
The Beach House's Teen Dreams makes me feel good. Sort of reminds me of Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, High Llamas.
The DVD is not up to par with the music. It's actually detracting. And I don't like the recurring motif taken from the hackneyed Temptations' riff from the beginning of "My Girl"
All the same, Teen Dreams is still close to perfection.
I am thrilled that I found the review on Pitchfork and that I decided to take a chance on the CD. It's beautiful music and I will be sharing it with friends and family.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beach House - Teen Dream Jan. 26 2010
By Andrew Vice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Beach House have been working quietly and steadily since their 2006 debut, amassing fans, styles, and sounds along the way. Teen Dream is the most fully realized album by Beach House to date, filled to the brim with their signature lush melodies and dreamy ambiance. This album pushes into decidedly shoegazey territory, bringing to mind the masterful works of the Cocteau Twins. But Beach House are no style thieves, and Teen Dream sounds like a unique work, heavily inspired by history's great dream pop acts without being a copycat. The songs are lilting and beautiful, and easily the most compelling compositions to date for the band. Songs like "Zebra" and "Silver Soul" are powerhouses, pushing the band into new and daring territory without sacrificing a thing that has made them so successful within their sphere. This is a must-have album for dream pop fans. Expect plenty of critical praise.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beach House - The Baltimore duo achieve dreamy pop perfection Jan. 26 2010
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For many it was only a matter of time until Beach House delivered big time and sought world domination. For this punter alternatively (with the exception of a couple of songs such as "Apple Orchard" on their debut and "Holy Dances" and "Gila" on their second LP "Devotion") a sense of deep indifference has been the predominant feeling about this band. Indeed if truth be told they seemed like a bunch of Mazzy Star sound-alike's with "Fade into you" the overused template. What a mad fool I have been, "Teen Dream" is an outright stunner and propels them into the major leagues.

The anticipation around this album across American music blogs has been huge largely as a consequence of widespread leaks of the album. The result is that it is already being hyped up as this year's Animal Collective equivalent e.g. an album released in the first month of the New Year which will dominate 2010's musical landscape. In the first place a comparison between "Teen Dream" and "Merriweather" makes little sense since they are chalk and cheese in terms of musical styles. But more than this they are unhelpful since they burden "Teen Dream" with a comparison which it does not need and a weight of expectation that this fragile beauty should not be required to carry. After all it is the quality of the music that counts.

Beach House is a duo from Baltimore comprising Victoria Legrand (yes she is related to the French composer Michel) and Alex Scally. "Teen dream" is on the Bella Union label and Sub pop in the US and recorded in a church in upstate New York and you can tell. This is an album of real grace and power. The songs are characterised by an ethereal dreamy pop sensibility and Legrand's voice has echoes of Nico, Marianne Faithful, Patti Smith and of course Hope Sandoval. It gives a slightly hard, sultry and sometimes raspy edge to Beach House's sweet melodies and Scally's wonderful backing instrumentation.

The album starts brilliantly with the sublime "Zebra" which sets the tone for the rest of the album with its slow guitar lines that build and burn into a classic pop anthem. It is gorgeous stuff as is "Silver Soul" which follows it. And then there is "Norway" the single which has been readily available for months. In this reviewers humble opinion it is one of the greatest pop songs of this century thus far. Legrand's vocal is as smokey as a fine Cuban cigar and contrasts with the breathless backing vocals. This mix is combined with a weird and slightly distorted electronic backing but which works in spades. It is bloody perfect and if you don't get the album at least download this. The slow processional pop of "Walk in the Park" which follows "Norway" is remarkably its equal and provides no let up. These first four songs are by far the strongest opening quartet to an album which I have heard in many years.

"Used to be" has shades of the wonderful innocence found on Mercury Rev's "Deserters Songs" album and for some reason "Lover of Mine" reminds me of "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" with a slight Japanese feel. "10 mile stereo" is easily the best vocal performance by Legrand on the whole album. The only qualms I have come in the shape of "Real Love" and "Take care" which are the tracks at the moment that I can't get too worked up about. "Take Care" has one of those constant repeat vocals that go on beyond the point of irritation.

Small caveats for what is a towering performance. "Teen Dream" is a lush and magisterial album that you would be fool not to let it into your life. They support Grizzly Bear in the forthcoming spring UK tour and that will be some concert. 2010 is starting well "Teen Dream" shifts it up a gear.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning Dec 27 2010
By Alex Hardee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I haven't ever written a review on Amazon but feel compelled to do so for Teen Dream, which I bought on a whim last week and have been playing constantly ever since.

I read something about Beach House on Pitchfork almost a year ago when this album came out, downloaded "Zebra" for free off their website, and went on with my life...at that time really digging Television, Dylan, etc. I wasn't blown away by Zebra and wasn't even sure if the vocalist was a guy or a girl...

All this seems silly now considering my unapologetic awe at the cohesiveness, beauty, and emotion of this album. Also considering I have a serious crush on Victoria Legrand, the vocalist. In an age where CDs are old fashioned and even the album, regardless of listening format, seems dated, I found an incredible satisfaction with popping this CD into my stereo and listening to it all the way through. Multiple times. And although it's called Teen Dream, don't let the title fool you - this is not Katy Perry-style hooks. It's sonically beautiful, complex, and impressively mature.

The highlight for me is "10 mile stereo," which has an amazing drum progression and is a major vocal accomplishment. "Walk in the park" is also a great track, considering the subject matter of wanting to forget someone that was once important to you. I always read about great albums to listen to in a particular moment - whether you're getting it on, driving alone, breaking up, etc. I think one of the strong points of this album is that the cryptic lyrics and "dreamy" atmosphere appeal to different people in different ways. It's perfect for a great many occasions. It's accessible but authentic. It's emotional but efficient.

As far as criticisms, I will say it is true that the lyrics seem a bit hollow on paper - they require Ms. Legrand's voice to take on their meaning. Also, the DVD doesn't add much. Listen to the CD and put your own visuals to the songs - it's not very hard to do. In conclusion, I give this album my highest praises and hope you will give it a listen - it's the type of quality music that will actually make your life more interesting.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beach House, a home away from home April 22 2010
By soldiermedic73 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a lover of all kinds of music, I sample a lot of stuff. Over the years (I'm 37) I've listened to a lot of artists that might get awkwardly categorized with Beach House. Velvet Underground, Belle and Sebastian, Sigur Ros, perhaps some shoegaze bands, or maybe even some female mid-seventies singer-songwriters are used in efforts to discribe this music. But nothing I can think of at the moment comes to mind when trying to express the beauty of album. Dreamy without being sleepy, emotional without being dramatic, impressive without being virtuoso, and somehow pop without being cheeze. I haven't purchased anything in a long time that I wish to hear over and over as I find myself doing with Teen Dream. The DVD of videos (of each song on the album) that comes with the CD is very good as well. Beck did this same sort of thing a couple of years ago but the videos here are much more interesting as each one is made/directed by a different person and very well done. This is one to buy.
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