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Album review: Beach House, 'Bloom'

May 15, 2012|By Sara Stewart | RedEye Sound Board

***1/2 (out of four)

Dream-pop duo Beach House have mastered the recipe for a Beach House song: start quiet, add keyboard, add reverb-drenched guitar, throw in some sorrowful lyrics that sound cheery at the same time, find just the right moment to explode with energy. Mix. Repeat.

The group's fourth album "Bloom" feels like an extension of breakout success "Teen Dream," delivering more of the same in ways that suit an excellent predecessor rather than feebly mimic. Victoria Legrand's voice constantly enthralls; not until she chants "Help me to make it" in "Myth" do you really remember that it's a song about a breakup--and not just beautiful background noise for a sunny afternoon.

Surprisingly playful in spite of its sadness, this summer-drenched pop album can still be my soundtrack for a sunny day. Perhaps that’s why they named it "Bloom."

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