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Teen Dream (W/Dvd) (Vinyl) [Import]

Beach House LP Record
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Limited deluxe vinyl LP/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 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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one Sept. 8 2014
By Kenneth
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Great LP!!
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