Bloom (Beach House album)

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Bloom
Studio album by Beach House
Released May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)
Recorded 2011; Sonic Ranch
(Tornillo, Texas)
Genre Indie rock, dream pop
Length 60:28
Label Sub Pop
Producer Beach House, Chris Coady
Beach House chronology
Teen Dream
(2010)
Bloom
(2012)

Bloom is the fourth studio album by Baltimore-based dream pop duo Beach House, which was released on May 15, 2012. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week.[1]

The album was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, a list published by Pitchfork Media in August 2014.[2]

Recording and release[edit]

The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and was co-produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead), who also produced the band's previous album Teen Dream.[3] Beach House chose to record in west Texas after being captivated by the area while resting there during a tour.[4] Bloom was mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.[3] The album took seven weeks to record.[5]

Victoria Legrand described the album's title as an "abstraction of many feelings". Legrand continued:

"To find a word or a set of words we felt curated the whole thing, Bloom was it. And it was based on feeling and just a belief in the word. It actually has more weight for me than it has an ethereal quality. It came about where it made sense. [...] For things to feel right, it definitely has to sit for a while and I think that's why it's not ethereal for me. I associate that word with fleeting or not having any substance, I don't know. [...] I'm just saying that for us there's a certain intensity with this record, and I think the word "bloom" is an attempt at that."[5]

The first song released from Bloom, "Myth", was posted on Beach House's website on March 6, 2012.[6] On March 8, 2012, the album's release date was announced.[7] A second song from the album, "Lazuli", was released as a Record Store Day single on April 13, 2012.[8] On May 6, 2012, the album was streamed in its entirety on NPR Music.[9] On June 6, 2012, the music video for "Lazuli", directed by Allen Cordell, was released.[10] On March 19, 2013, the band released a music video for the track "Wishes." The video was directed by Eric Wareheim of comedy duo Tim and Eric.[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[13]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[14]
The A.V. Club A−[15]
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars[16]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[17]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[18]
NME 7/10[19]
Pitchfork Media 9.1/10 [20]
PopMatters 10/10[21]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[22]

Bloom has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 45 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[12] PopMatters' Zachary Houle gave the album a perfect score, writing, "[T]his is an album that is simply, in the most awe-inspired sense of the term, absolutely golden from end to end—a real treasure and an utter delight to experience every time you play it."[21] J. Pace of Under the Radar also praised the album, writing, "It's always a perfect pairing of nostalgia and wistfulness with these two [Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally], who serve up these completely affecting but somehow ethereal moods you can't quite put your finger on."[23] Pitchfork Media's Lindsay Zoladz gave the album a Best New Album designation, writing "Legrand's ethereal contralto huffs so much life into her lines that even lyrics that look plain on the page take flight. Throughout, Legrand and Scally sound in perfect sync: his nimble riffs punctuate her long, drawn-out notes to add depth and layered rhythm to the tracks."[20] Harley Brown of Consequence of Sound wrote "Bloom culminates six years and three albums of anticipatory ache with subtlety and meticulous song placement that unfolds if you let it", while BBC Music's Hari Ashurst called Bloom Beach House's "best work so far."[24][16]

Will Hermes of Rolling Stone said, "the melodies, guitar­scapes and thrift-shop organ swells make for exquisite comfort".[22] Zack Kotzer and David Greenwald of The A.V. Club gave the album an A−, saying "Bloom takes what worked before and intensifies it" and that with the record, "they have mastered their sultry formula".[15] Other reviews of Bloom were more mixed, though. Annie Zaleski of Alternative Press wrote "Their fourth album, Bloom, doesn't possess as many memorable hooks (or as many well-defined song structures) as their last album, 2010's Teen Dream. As a result, the record tends to fade into the background and become something so indistinct that it's forgettable, even after multiple listens."[14] Maddy Costa of The Guardian criticized the album's lack of surprises, writing "Nothing happens to shatter the perfect surface, either within individual songs or across the album as a whole, and that might be Bloom's problem. It's beautiful, spectral, dreamy, but never makes your pulse quicken."[17]

The album was listed 27th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[25] Pitchfork Media ranked Bloom #7 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2012, writing: "since 2006's self-titled debut, Beach House have been patiently refining-- and expanding-- a singular, easily recognizable sound."[26] The album was listed at #28 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "Languid lead singer Victoria Legrand has some dark stuff on her mind – mortality and ruin keep bubbling to the surface of the Baltimore act's fourth LP...But you'd hardly know it from the blissful way she lets her voice blend with the softly bobbing organ chords and arpeggiated guitars."[27] Rolling Stone also named the song "Other People" the 19th best song of 2012.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Victoria Legrand, all music composed by Legrand and Alex Scally.

No. Title Length
1. "Myth"   4:20
2. "Wild"   4:58
3. "Lazuli"   5:02
4. "Other People"   4:25
5. "The Hours"   4:07
6. "Troublemaker"   4:55
7. "New Year"   5:23
8. "Wishes"   4:40
9. "On the Sea"   5:32
10. "Irene" (contains the hidden track "Wherever You Go" starting at 13:30) 16:57

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Bloom album liner notes.[29]

Beach House
  • Beach House – photography, producers
  • Victoria Legrand – vocals, arranger, keyboards, organ, piano
  • Alex Scally – arranger, backing vocals, bass, editing, guitar, keyboards, organ, piano, programming
Additional
  • Manuel Calderón – assistant engineer
  • Chris Coady – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Joe Cueto – viola (9)
  • Daniel Franz – assistant arranger, drums, percussion
  • Brooks Harlan – engineer
  • Phil Joly – assistant engineer
  • Joe LaPorta – mastering
  • Brian Roettinger – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[30] 40
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[31] 10
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[32] 55
Canadian Albums Chart[33] 16
Danish Albums Chart[34] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[35] 54
French Albums Chart[36] 59
German Albums Chart[37] 73
Irish Albums Chart[38] 10
Norwegian Albums Chart[39] 5
Portuguese Albums Chart[40] 10
Scottish Albums Chart[41] 23
Spanish Albums Chart[42] 22
Swedish Albums Chart[43] 34
Swiss Albums Chart[44] 33
UK Albums Chart[45] 15
UK Indie Albums Chart[46] 2
US Billboard 200[33] 7
US Alternative Albums[33] 1
US Independent Albums[33] 1
US Rock Albums[33] 3

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