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Hands up who didn't like the last Beach House album? Hmm, not many. It was an excellent affair where their brand of woozy melancholy took on unexpectedly strong melodies to create one of those career defining albums that they'll now have a problem living up to.
What they've done here is pretty much do the same but with bigger more widescreen productions and songs that don't snag so easily. I'm finding the production a bit much to be honest. It's like David Fridmann has got his hands on them and then forced them through a wind tunnel. It veers a little more towards Zola Jesus and (dare I say it?) Florence and the Machine - okay, not that overblown but in comparison to their earlier stuff this ain't no lo-fi whimsy. All the elements are still there, less guitar and more dodgy synths, lots of reverb, a bit of an '80s Berlin thing going on. Less is more, less is more, less is more.
8/10 Tom Customer review, 24th May 2018
I don’t have the same animosity to Bloom that many long-time Beach House fans do. Perhaps it’s because it was the first Beach House album I heard, but I’ve always felt that the songs were strong, particularly the likes of the dreamy “Other People” and the beautiful, widescreen “Wild”. Having gone back and checked out their first three records I can see why some feel the band were on auto-pilot by the time they released the reverb-drenched Bloom, but a middling Beach House album is still a damn fine thing. The use of more shoegazy sounds on the subsequent album Depression Cherry was a welcome addition, but Bloom definitely deserves a re-evaluation.
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