Teen Dream

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Teen Dream
Beach House - Teen Dream.png
Studio album by Beach House
Released January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre
Length 48:46
Label
Producer
Beach House chronology
Devotion
(2008)
Teen Dream
(2010)
Bloom
(2012)
Singles from Teen Dream
  1. "Used to Be"
    Released: October 21, 2008
  2. "Norway"
    Released: January 18, 2010
  3. "Zebra"
    Released: April 17, 2010

Teen Dream is the third studio album by American dream pop duo Beach House. It was released on January 26, 2010, by Sub Pop and Bella Union. The album was produced by the band and Chris Coady.

The album received universal acclaim from music critics, who hailed it as one of the best albums of 2010. NME included it in their 2013 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[1] The album was also included in the 2014 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[2] In August 2014, Pitchfork ranked it as the fifth best album of the 2010s so far.[3]

Recording[edit]

The recording of Teen Dream took place after extensive touring of the Beach House's previous album, Devotion (2008). According to Legrand, while on tour "we definitely stored up a lot of energy and ideas that we had. By the end of the touring cycle we couldn't wait to get back home to start working on the next record. In some ways, touring is a restraint on the creative side, because it's hard to write on the road. So you just have to wait, and sit on this anticipation until the time you're able to spend days, weeks, months working on something."[4] The duo strove to create a more "sophisticated" album and, according to the group, the demos of this record were comparable to the final tracks that made up their previous record. Also, their use of extensive reverb was held back significantly. According to Alex Scally "There's very little reverb on the record".

Recording this album was considerably more expensive; Scally says, "Every bit of money we got, we spent. The recording was insanely expensive. Every single step of the way, we've just tried to go more, go further".[5]

"Norway" was released online on November 17, 2009, with the full album leaking onto the Internet a few days later.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
The A.V. Club A−[9]
Entertainment Weekly A−[10]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[11]
The Irish Times 5/5 stars[12]
NME 9/10[13]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[14]
Q 4/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[16]
Spin 8/10[17]

Reception for Teen Dream was very positive. Review aggregator Metacritic, which collates reviews from various publications, indicates a score of 82 out of 100 from 35 professional critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[7] Many reviews commented on the change in sound including BBC Music, who stated that "the most unmistakeable sound on Teen Dream is that of a band truly finding its own voice".[18] Several publications focused on Victoria Legrand's vocals, with Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone complimenting Legrand's "dusky torch singing"[16] and The Boston Phoenix praising her voice as "coiling like smoke in the arches of the church".[19] Robert Christgau, writing in MSN Music, selected "Lover of Mine" and "Norway" as highlights and awarded the album a one-star honorable mention rating,[20] indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."[21] In a negative review, Tom Hughes of The Guardian felt that Teen Dream is "carefully, even beautifully arranged", but nonetheless "oddly icy and melodically a little ineffectual".[11] Audra Schroeder of The Austin Chronicle called the album "solid" but felt that it was "not Beach House's masterpiece," quipping that the duo "still got some gold dust to kick up".[22]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
American Songwriter Top 50 Albums Of 2010 2010
40
[23]
Billboard Top 10 Albums of 2010 2010
5
[24]
Clash Top 40 Albums of 2010 2010
5
[25]
Consequence of Sound The Top 100 Albums of 2010 2010
7
[26]
DIY 50 Albums of the Year 2010 2010
20
[27]
Gorilla vs. Bear Top Albums of 2010 2010
1
[28]
musicOMH Top 50 Albums Of 2010 2010
5
[29]
NME 75 Best Albums of 2010 2010
3
[30]
500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013
203
[31]
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010
14
[32]
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2010 2010
24
[33]
Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010
5
[34]
The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far 2014
5
[35]
PopMatters The 70 Best Albums of 2010 2010
7
[36]
Prefix Best Albums Of 2010 2010
5
[37]
Pretty Much Amazing Best Albums Of 2010 2010
6
[38]
Q Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010
13
[39]
Rolling Stone 30 Best Albums of 2010 2010
17
[40]
Slant Magazine The 25 Best Albums of 2010 2010
15
[41]
Spin The 40 Best Albums of 2010 2010
17
[42]
Spinner 30 Best Albums of 2010 2010
1
[43]
Sputnikmusic Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010
19
[44]
Stereogum Top 50 Albums Of 2010 2010
3
[45]
The Guardian The 40 best albums of 2010 2010
11
[46]
Time The Top 10 Everything of 2010 2010
10
[47]
Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 50 Albums of 2010 2010
31
[48]
Under the Radar Top 50 Albums of 2010 2010
3
[49]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted 43 on the Billboard 200 with 13,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold a total of 140,000 copies as of May 2012.[50]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally.

No. Title Length
1. "Zebra" 4:48
2. "Silver Soul" 4:58
3. "Norway" 3:54
4. "Walk in the Park" 5:22
5. "Used to Be" 3:58
6. "Lover of Mine" 5:06
7. "Better Times" 4:23
8. "10 Mile Stereo" 5:03
9. "Real Love" 5:20
10. "Take Care" 5:48
Total length: 48:46

A special edition DVD package was released containing either a CD or vinyl and a DVD, featuring psychedelic visuals for each track from Teen Dream, produced by a separate director.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Teen Dream.[52]

Beach House

  • Beach House – production, composition, arrangement, artwork
  • Alex Scally – guitar, bass, organ, piano, background vocals
  • Victoria Legrand – vocals, keyboards, organ, bells

Additional personnel

  • Chris Coady – production, engineering, mixing
  • Dan Franz – drums (tracks 1–7, 10), percussion (tracks 1, 2, 7)
  • Graham Hill – drums (tracks 8, 9), percussion (tracks 3–6, 8–9)
  • Nilesh Patel – mastering
  • Dustin Summers – cover design and layout
  • Steve Bloom – back cover
  • Frank Hamilton – lyric book and mirror

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[53] 78
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[54] 10
US Billboard 200[55] 43
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[56] 6
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[57] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[58] 9

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