Beach House – “Teen Dream” (Final Review)

Teen Dream is dreamful and colorful yet dense and gloomy. It is able to compact intimate human emotions and yet; it is be capable of transmitting them in a very general but abstract perspective. Love, deception, passion, gentleness, violence, sex and many other motifs are all mixed up between the lines and the music.

The first time you listen to the album, it’s so external; you can’t really grasp the core of it. You might like the patterned and uncomplicated rhythms that Alex Scally creates, along with the distinguishable and shifting voice of Victoria Legrand. You might find that it sounds like pop or indie or techno; you can relate it to any other type of music, but to me, it shouldn’t matter.

Music like this, which comes from the passion of making a profound and intense and creative work of art instead of being a piece of commercial beat, repeated over and over, full of hollowness and superficiality is what stills saves this world of going to hell.

When someone is really capable of connecting to a song or a book, or any other form of art; it’s because it leaves a prevailing impression in us. It might make us remember the past, or analyze the present; but at the end, that song stays with you… and every time you listen to it, that same feeling comes back.

Personally, Teen Dream works perfectly. It’s really well compressed. It tells you a story with you not even noticing it. When writing these series of posts, I wanted to choose more than a couple of songs just because most of them are so good.  Zebra, (once again) is a beautiful introduction. Silver Soul with its atmospheric sexuality is amazing. Walk in the Park with its awkward music video is great too. Used to Be is just memorable. And even though, I’ll skip Lover of Mine, I value its unexpected changes of tonality towards the end of the song. Better Times was the only song that I couldn’t digest completely; personally, I thought the sound didn’t combine too well with the lyrics, but the last couple of minutes are manageable.

10 Mile Stereo’s guitar tune reminded me a lot of a traditional Andean instrument called charango. (Not sure why, but here is sample of this type of music.) I think that Real Love is masterful. It was the most elaborated piece of the album (even if it doesn’t sound like it) and it was a song that I just couldn’t skip.  Take Care; as I said in my last posts, it was a perfect ending to Teen Dream.

This listening process let me with an excellent impression of Beach House. So if you happen to cross along this blog posts, I hope you share this same enthusiasm and appreciation for their music. It’s completely worth it.

My final rating is 4.5 out of 5.

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