January 26, 2010
“Teen Dream” is a complete album. It isn’t very mainstream or catchy, so sadly it is not likely for Beach House to gain a much wider audience, but the fans of the genre will have another splendid album to embrace. Right from the start with Zebra the band is on the mark. Also listen to key tracks as Norway (interesting and provoking use of synths/keyboard) the potential single Lover of Mine (listen to the late 70s folk influences) and the sonic 10 Mile Stereo.
While it might not be the first thing you notice, the lyrics are very sophisticated and melt together flawlessly with the musical soundscapes and harmonic (and sometimes disharmonic) songwriting. The album invites the listener to open up his mind and take in the music, experience it rather than just listen to it. It takes a band with talent and vision to accomplish such a thing. Even more so if you consider they’ve done it on 2 consecutive albums!