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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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"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. As for the instrumentation, it's all very smooth and seamlessly wound together -- lots of gentle percussion, cycling guitars, plinky keyboard and some tambourine, and colorful pillars of organ that prop up the slower melodies.
Victoria Legrand's raspy voice is a bit of a surprise at first, but eventually it sinks into the melodies and becomes a part of them. And while their lyrics have some awkward moments ("The heart is a stone and this is a stone that we throw"), but otherwise they tend to be a bit surreal and very evocative ("The needle along the spinning wheel/Collecting silver coil/It gathers heat without you"), with wooden houses, beaches, and lovers who want too much.
"Teen Dream" is a slightly more polished form of Beach House's signature sound -- mellow, sweet and very pretty. Nice work.
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.