04
Feb
10

beach house, “teen dream,” album of the fucking year

I’d like you to take a moment, set aside everything you’re doing and have a listen to “Walk in the Park” off Beach House’s third album, Teen Dream. Buy the album, play it on Lala or iTunes or whatever the hell you want, but just be goddamn sure to sit back, close your eyes and listen.

It starts off simple enough: a slow bass drum beat, a mid-tempo organ melody, some rambling guitar– altogether pretty catchy. And then, that voice– that mesmerizing, throaty, sensual, Shirley Bassey-like voice. It saunters and glides languidly through the first verse, leisurely and yet melancholic: “The face that you see in the door, isn’t standing there anymore.” The voice, of course, belongs to Beach House’s lead singer, Victoria Legrand, who sings on all the songs on Teen Dream, and to similarly astounding effect, but on no song is she more haunting, more sublimely enthralling than here.

And here’s the kicker, that may not even be the best song on what is a nearly flawless album, both musically and lyrically it is an astounding work– breathtakingly gorgeous and downright sumptuous (and I hate that fucking word so you know I mean business). Make no mistake, kids, this is the album of the year thus far (as of my most recent update circa 3/28), and quite possibly the best since 2001 (although there are a few others that could make a legitimate claim to that title), and barring any other masterpieces dropped later in the year (a possibility with a new LCD Soundsystem release looming) Teen Dream will be perched squarely atop my end of the year list. But my opinion is worthless, get ye to a record store (forget iTunes this time, this is an album that must be experienced as a whole) and buy Teen Dream immediately. You’re still reading. Knock it off, asshole, I’m serious, go buy it.

Highlights: “Norway,” “Walk in the Park,” “Lover of Mine” and, every other song on the album

Teen Dream is out now via Sub Pop. Buy it here. Or whistle your own jaunty tune. Your choice I suppose.

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