The Best Albums of 2012: #19

Beach_House_-_BloomBeach House: Bloom [Sub Pop]

Release Date: May 15, 2012

Positioning Bloom at #19 is probably a bit unfair. Standing on its own, Bloom is a magnificent piece of work. Grandiose, majestic, and composed of great songwriting, Bloom is the ideal go-to for the melancholically (is that a word?) inclined. Lead singer Victoria Legrand is once again in full command of her rich, husky tenor voice, and guitarist Alex Scally’s chord voicings shimmer. Through it all, it’s like one long dream sequence. So then what gives; why so low? The ranking is a reflection of the fact that Legrand and Scally offer nothing new here. Their breakthrough album Teen Dream offered up some of the best music I had heard in quite some time. What I had hoped for with their follow-up was a fresh take on the formula that worked for them before. Unfortunately that didn’t really happen, so Bloom gets taken down a few notches. But don’t let that stop you from giving it a listen; it’s a wonderful album.

Select Cuts: Myth, Lazuli, Other People

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