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Devotion album cover
Wedding Bell
You Came to Me
Turtle Island
Holy Dances
All The Years
Heart of Chambers
Some Things Last a Long Time
Home Again
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 44:04

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Mike Powell


Beach House, Devotion
2008 | Label: Bella Union / Republic Of Music

It's easy to hear the Baltimore duo Beach House as victims of prettiness. Their songs — mid-tempo puffs of teary indie-pop flecked with old soul and country — wouldn't dare intrude on a mellow mood to make a statement. At their most agitated, Beach House glides or rolls. Most of the time, they tackle their songs with the inertia of a bookshelf.

Paradoxically, though, Devotion — like 2006's Beach House — is an album that… read more »

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Perfect for midnight listenings


I discovered Beach House through eMusic two years ago with their first album. The music is fantastic and the vocalist sings like an angel. If you liked the first record then you're going to love this one. Perfect for listening at night alone in your room.

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"Not available for download in your country"


Great album, and I would have liked to download it - if I was allowed to. I really hate it when eMusic write: "Sorry, this album is not available for download in your country".

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Really beautiful record, great melodies and pretty vocals.

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With Devotion, Beach House prove once again that they’re one of the more strangely named bands around. Their music is so lonely, so haunting, that the only beach house it evokes is a deserted one, stranded on a winter night so desolate that summer isn’t even a memory. Then again, that atmosphere is precisely what made Beach House’s self-titled debut so striking, and Devotion is even more so, since Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally bring more focus, depth, and warmth to their unmistakable sound. Tracks like “Gila” and “Turtle Island” show that all the pair need to build a mood are their vintage-sounding drum machines, keyboards, and layers of Legrand’s womanly, velvety voice, but Beach House spend just as much time expanding their horizons as they do delivering their definitive sound. Devotion begins with “Wedding Bells,” which, with its fuzzed-out guitar, keyboard filigrees, harpsichords, and pedal steel, is one of the duo’s most elaborate songs yet. It’s also one of Beach House’s most immediate, fully formed songs, something that this album has far more of than the band’s debut. “You Came to Me” is a stunner, melding dark chamber pop ambience with lyrics that feel like they came from a surreal ’70s AM radio hit. “Heart of Chambers” is downright soulful, with Legrand’s keening voice and swelling organs giving it a truly devotional cast. Not surprisingly, given the album’s title, Devotion’s songs deal with love and loyalty, or the lack thereof: “Some Things Last (A Long Time)” is an aptly torchy, country-tinged ballad about carrying a torch for someone; “Astronaut” pines for a crush to be requited, filtering the innocence and drama of girl group pop through the band’s gauzy approach. “Home Again” is just as sweet — but not nearly as reassuring — as its title suggests, setting lyrics like “Something about the way a heart is nailed above a hand” to finger snaps and a melody with a wintry sparkle. Like Beach House, Devotion sounds like it was made for, and possibly in, the dead of night. This time, though, Beach House’s dark moods have more shades, and even a little bit of light, making them all the more compelling. – Heather Phares

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