by Beach House
Released May 15, 2012 via Sub Pop
Reviewed May 12, 2022
Top tracks (based on community voting)
Myth (72%), Lazuli (54%), Other People (28%)
Bloom is an album that I’ve always found myself getting lost inside; its elements’ beauty is hypnotic. Beach House has consistently been a trail-blazing duo in their respective genre, and with their fourth album, they create a triumphant beauty that will be hard to top, and hasn’t been in more than a decade. As Victoria says on Wishes: “One in your life, It happens once and rarely twice.” True love, pure bliss, and the perfect flower are rare to come by. Musically, Bloom is the epitome of seeing someone you don’t know, yet their aura shares their significance to you in some way. The flower is cultivated for its beauty. Instead of a figure that demands attention, Bloom provides a tapestry of sound, effortlessly smooth to the touch. Rather than a green-eyed stare in your direction, the songwriting turns your head and mysteriously pulls you closer. An album like this and the person of your dreams only come around a few times during your existence. Cultivate their beauty before you wilt away. – Ben (Synth) (10/10)
Beach House's fourth studio record conjures quite a dream state, and has since stamped an icon on their sonic image for a decade. Atmospheric as it is, Bloom is an album to genuinely experience, as wave after wave of monochromatic bliss is introduced to the listener in both vocal and instrumental melodies. It’s fair to say this record isn’t perfect on every side, but what feels important to appreciate is the apparent mastery of its calling cards. Bloom is dreamy, distinct, imaginative, with each track compounding an ambience in succession with each before it. Without missing a beat, Beach House built something wonderfully self-contained here, with song after song hitting the mark with outstanding accuracy. Unlike your dreams, Bloom is as memorable as they come, beautifully insular, with outstanding consistency driving its status as an undeniable classic. – DeVan (9.5/10)
Beach House have been among the most consistent bands for over a decade at this stage. The addictively dreamy soundscapes of Beach House's Bloom revolves around your sleep cycle psyche for the 10th time in all its surreal glory. Known for their ability to conjure up lush, lachrymose melodies while serving them on a serene platter, Beach House embody the spirit of Dream Pop. Victoria Legrand's vocal efforts find new levels of power as the duo delves deeper into the psychedelic wonders of the dream state; gliding through the universe as souls catch flame, sightseeing as life strolls by, breezing through the doors of infinity, sauntering on the edge of forever. Whispering from the ether of daydreams the nether realm calls your name. Place your being atop the faucet of free-flowing fantasy. Fall in. – Peter (8/10)
Ben (Synth): 10/10 | DeVán: 9.5/10 | Jared: 9/10 | Pax: 8.6/10 | Dominick: 8.5/10
Hadley: 8.5/10 | Victoria: 8.5/10 | Peter: 8/10 | Cam: 8/10
This album is a sonic experience. It’s immersive, vibrant, and dreamy, yet smooth and dazzling. The cover of the album is a great visual example of the sound of this LP. Every instrument, voice or sound within this project is a fitting piece of a stunning puzzle. Only a group like Beach House is capable of creating an album like this. – @jptk2202 (10/10)
Ever since Beach House’s 2006 Self-Titled debut album was released, the Baltimore duo always reinvented the subgenre of Dream-Pop with each of their subsequent 3 albums. Showcasing their talent and potential that was alluded to in the beginning of their careers and leaving us with amazement and wonder, “where could they possibly go from here?”
And with that, Victoria Legrand & Alex Scally answered us back with Bloom.
A perfect name because this is where they ‘Bloomed’ in their art.
In conclusion, the echoed jangles of Bloom perfectly capture the sensation of utter lovesickness, hovering between two lovers on their umpteenth date that binds an already unbreakable bond of devotion tighter still. This album is pure gorgeous and I see no negatives beside the lack of indistinct writings. Overall, one of my favorite albums of all time. – JERK (9.4/10)
One of the more self-indulgent Beach House records, but still undeniably compelling. – @andre_vital_pardue (7/10)