Thank Your Lucky Stars (CD)


Beach House

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Beach House's surprise second album of 2015 is another sheer delight. The Baltimore duo's organ drones, chintzy keyboard beats and blossoming guitar noise set the stage for Victoria Legrand's hypnotic vocals on dreamscapes like "Majorette." Like its immediate predecessor, Depression CherryThank Your Lucky Stars dials back on some of the pop drama afforded by the last two releases, Teen Dream and Bloom. While some might decry this move, it seems to have helped Beach House reclaim their space without falling victim to having each album be bigger, brighter and more accessible. Beach House's particular sound world has never really been meant for the big stage; it's too intimate, impressionistic, dream-like and delicate. It's music that's meant for headphones and small spaces, to be cherished and felt deeply, and that's exactly what these two releases accomplish. Thank Your Lucky Stars, though, is more immediate than Depression Cherry, sparer, more tossed-off feeling and more reliant on simple drum machine beats and loping, distorted guitar lines on tracks like the My Bloody Valentine-ish "One Thing" or Cure-inflected "All Your Yeahs." However, for pure atmospheric drama, you can't do much better than "Elegy to the Void," which floats on synthy melodrama for six and a half gorgeous minutes that ranks among the band's best. And closer "Somewhere Tonight" is the closest they've come to '50s homage since Devotion highlight "D.A.R.L.I.N.G.," Victoria Legrand's voice wavering with spine-tingling longing, her organ delivering silent-movie melodrama. With some bands, two albums at once might seem like excess; with Beach House, it's an unexpected and much-appreciated gift.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Majorette
Beach House 04:00
2.
She's So Lovely
Beach House 04:22
3.
All Your Yeahs
Beach House 03:48
4.
One Thing
Beach House 05:35
5.
Common Girl
Beach House 03:07
6.
The Traveller
Beach House 04:03
7.
Elegy To The Void
Beach House 06:29
8.
Rough Song
Beach House 05:14
9.
Somewhere Tonight
Beach House 04:13

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