Beach House – back with another hit album Teen Dream

(Since the writing of this hub - Beach House have just been snapped up by Guinness to provide music to their latest Advertisement. Just so you know the band is better than amazing now!)

Every now and then, a band comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. Beach House, a two – person American band have released “Teen Dream” their newest album. And it’s a corker! As an album, “Teen Dream” is dripping in quality and clever atmospheric music. The female vocalist has a haunting quality to her voice. The album comes with a bonus disc featuring all the videos of all the songs, and a bonus film to boot, a bold move for this duo from Baltimore in Maryland, a rising Mecca for American music. Beach House move with the times, building on their previous success. They are on a mission to bring their music “message” with missionary zeal to the masses.

Beach House are Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand.
Beach House are Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand.

There are no random events or tricks or gimmicks at work with Beach House. They are a band with a plan. “Teen Dream” solidly follows the flow from the previous two albums from French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore local Alex Scally. It is the same Dream pop, indie rock, electronic, baroque experimental sound that became their calling card on their debut album, self-titled “Beach House” in 2006. As a band they stand out. First out of the traps flies the catchy song “Walk in the Park”. (To see a full account of this and all the music, see the track listing and track reviews below.)

The new album has been aired across America to rave reviews. CheekyChicago.com gave them a great two- thumbs up vote, and the concerts they have performed in have all been packed. Beach House is definitely one of the best Indie Bands to come out of the USA in several years. Allmusic.com gave them a great review, and Pitchfork ranked their debut album in the Top 50 Best albums of 2006, scoring at number 16. Apparently Victoria Legrand is the niece of Film music composer Michel Legrand and singer Christiane Legrand. Alex Scally hails from Baltimore and plays guitars and keyboards, while Legrand plays organ and is lead vocalist. Her voice is a key strength of the sound of Beach House, and is instantly recognisable. Their music has been said by some to resemble the kind of music that appears in Davin Lynch films. Much has been said of the clever quality of the song-writing that seems tailor-made for a woman of her talent. Only Amy Winehouse or Duffy could match the quality of her voice. But could they do justice to the intelligent song-writing? No.

A Sellout concert in Baltimore, USA.
A Sellout concert in Baltimore, USA.

Beach House did a cover version of “Play the Game” a Queen Hit Single for the red Hot album “Dark was the night”, one of its best contributions. Their First album “Beach House” was followed up by “Devotion”, which spawned the single “Used to be”.

They are influenced by the likes of Neil Young, The Zombies, Brian Wilson and Christ Bell. Their producer Chris Coady also produced The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear¸ and TV on the Radio. In a change from the usual system, your scribe Cheeky Girl (Cassy) and friend Hubber Astra Nomik (Cathy) now take up the review of the album – track by track. Cathy is hearing Beach House for the first time.

Track 1. ZEBRA

Cathy: Very catchy, amazing voice for a female vocalist, very strong almost male voice, powerful.

Cassy: The Song does not overwhelm her at all. Her voice puts manners on the music, never letting it let get one up on her, if that makes sense. Music and singer harmony with each other. This song is addictive, and begs to be heard again and again. It never strays beyond those certain carefully planted notes and keys. Lucid and surreal and dream like. I love it.

Track 2. SILVER SOUL

Cathy:Another strong song, very plaintive, this song appeals to me.

Cassy: This is bordering on anthemic, this woman is growing on me, and she rocks as a singer. Brilliant production values here. Perfect song, perfect tune. She is a better singer than she was on the previous 2 albums (Beach House and Devotion).  There’s more to like here and watching the videos too, it’s very satisfying - nothing is over-stated. Songs 2 and 3 blend nicely into each other.

Track 3. NORWAY

Cathy:My favourite song so far. This is clever, part of the music is off-key, and sounds very trippy and...

Cassy: ... and elemental. There is an earthy, human quality of all these songs. There is a definite dream-like quality to each of these songs. The video is minimalist, but there’s a dark quality at work here too, and it’s in the music too. Her voice is just awesome. People compare her to Nico. How good is that?

Album photo for the Devotion Album
Album photo for the Devotion Album

Track 4. WALK IN THE PARK.

Cathy: This is a very strong tune, very catchy again, and it really pulls at my heart.

Cassy: It is strong music, great lyrics, the lead singer is a genius. She can reach not only any note, she has a lot of power in her voice. Is her voice matured by life or many vodkas? She has a fantastic timbre quality to her voice. She really sounds out every broad vowel in her delivery. I would listen to her all night. She can tell stories with her voice alone. A highlight of the whole album.

Cathy: This band is amazing. Now looking at the video disc that comes with the album. This a funny video.

Cassy: So far this album reminds me of a holiday I had in Italy and there were musicians on the beach playing guitars and organs. There’s a strange carnival or public street performer aspect to this music. I can’t put my finger, but its music I associate with my childhood that haven’t heard in a long time, properly sung music. Almost music box like quality. Something sparkling from inside this music. It’s alive in there. It feels strangely like home. I see why people hear shades of the Beach Boys their music. The video is hilarious! A guy with abnormal face hair being beaten up in mimed fashion by some weird looking people.

The Single - "ZEBRA" by Beach House

Track 5. USED TO BE.

Cassy: Nice song, love the way the song goes up a notch into fuller sounds just into the beginning. Each song is almost like a memory, and it lasts and lingers in a nice way. It really grows on you. This used to be a single in 2008, I remember downloading it on their site. They made it better here. Contender for best on the album so far.

Track 6.  LOVER OF MINE.

Cathy: I would want to bring this on a journey or holiday with me. This music makes me feel good.

Cassy: Can I come along? *laughs* Hearing organs and simple instruments in their music creates deceptively simple but effective songs. Victoria’s voice at times sounds almost operatic in this track. Memorable and just divine. I’d love to hear her do a duet with Empire of the Sun, the Ozzie band.

Track 7. BETTER TIMES.

Cassy: Guitars add a lovely accompaniment in this song – it always averages better than most 3 minute pop crap on the radio. This music really appeals to me. Some sixties and seventies bands sounded like Beach House.

Remember to put some flowers in your hair...
Remember to put some flowers in your hair...

Track 8. 10 MILE STEREO.

Cathy: This is one of my favourites again. I haven’t heard anything as good as this in ages. I would buy this album just for this track - tracks 1, 3, 4 and track 8. I am stumped now because there’s more reasons to like this music.

Cassy: This might be the best song so far here. There’s lots of great music here to enjoy. There is the electronic element in this particular song that makes this track so good. All tracks up to now are very strong tunes, and there is a cinematic quality to this track and track 4 that I really like. Victoria Legrand lent her vocals to “Slow life”, a song by the band Grizzly Bear, and used in the film Twilight: New Moon. On Teen Dream, romance and relationships feature in many songs. That’s why it’s called Teen Dream.

Track 9. REAL LOVE.

CassyIt’s a bit limited in its musical range compared to other tracks, but it’s a quality song. Her voice makes it good. Her voice is a one-of-a-kind voice. You remember it.

Track 10. TAKE CARE.

Cassy: The last song on the album. Clever writing here, like all the songs, really. I love songs that flow nicely. This music is fearless, not afraid of taking some risks. And it pulls it off. This track grows on me. It’s about someone who cares about and takes care of the person that the song is aimed at. It’s full of acknowledgement. This album is what I call serious music, and it will appeal even there, because so much stuff today sounds so NOT similar to this. Beach House are something different. REM pulled this off acoustically with all their best work. The production value is perfect. It sounds deceptively simple but obviously it was cleverly engineered. Rate this?

Beach House
Beach House

Cathy: Out of 10, I give it a strong 8 or 9. They added videos here, so make it a 9. I need to listen to it more. Track 2 is emerging here now also. But it does grow on me. The lyrics do resonate with me in a lot of ways. This has been a very enjoyable album to listen to. Thank you for the opportunity to help review it.

Thanks Cathy. So that is Beach House. It’s their third album and their best album by far. The bonus disc of videos are a joy as an addition. It rounds out the Band’s whole presence for people who have complained that they never saw enough of this band. I wish more music groups did this. I feel that it’s a reward for being a loyal fan.

Beach House are pushing their music and image ever more out into the big Muso-verse of downloads and mp3 music. The eager world of music fans who wish to experience the two amazing people behind this group, now have this double disc album as their reward. And it’s splendid. And they are a band we will follow through Hub Pages. So now is your chance to enjoy one of the best bands out there.

Beach House Home website

 

You are cordially invited....
You are cordially invited....

Join HUB PAGES! It's FREE! Choose your own ID.

Writers are born, not made.

You have a natural writing talent, and you should put that talent out here in the world for all to see and read. Are you an artist or Photographer? Then display your talent here in Hub Pages. Don't let it go to waste.

Join the hundreds of thousands who have already taken that step, and be an Online Citizen. It's your right.

It takes about 5 minutes and yes, it can even earn you some income here. They say in the Movie World that "film is cheap". Paper is cheaper. And the Free Online Hub Pages is just a few clicks away...

Leave a comment below!

More by this Author


Comments 25 comments

alexandriaruthk profile image

alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

I am glad I am the first one to read this hub nice update, the duo seems amazing


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy alexandriaruthk: Hy, wow! Seven minutes - that's fast for a first Comment! LOL! Thanks for this. Yes, you take the honour, and yes, I think they are amazing. Took me ages getting it written and linked! Worth it though. Glad to know Beach House fans out there! Cheers!


Darlene Sabella profile image

Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

This reminds me of the folk music from the 60's. Thank you for sharing this awsome cool video and hub. Love it.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Darlen: Great to see you here. Thanks for commenting. They are awesome. I actually wrote to the band on myspace. I have played the album every day this week in my apartment. I don't tire of listening to it. Although Victoria's voice is very powerful on one or two tracks! Cheers!


Tammy Lochmann profile image

Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I enjoyed listening to the song on the youtube video. They have a very comforting sound and harmonic very easy to listen to, the song sounds like a lullaby. Great hub!


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Tammy. Thanks for checking out the tube vid, I might put a few more on there! Thanks for the comments, moi friend! Cheers! : )


William 6 years ago

excellent review. fan here.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy William: Thanks for the comment. I'm glad that you are a fan. Cheers.


Astra Nomik profile image

Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

It's great to see this hub up here. It was a great effort. Coolest band I heard in a while.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Astra: Glad you like the finished result. You helped a great deal too! Thanks a lot!


blaise25 profile image

blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Heya Cheeky! Loved the music, so relaxing and invigorating ;) I liked the way you put your dialogues in this hub, too :) Cathy has mentioned this beach house and my HP widget in CG's apartment..I dunno how to thank you enough :p kisses and hugs for that, you my two friends! And oh, I kinda blushed when I saw my widget in there ^_^


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hey, my friend! How are you?! I am happy that you liked the music! Yes, the dialogues were just to help make it more personable. And we enjoyed the process, listening and talking into a mic on the pc. Weird but fun! Yes, Cathy has spread the good word, and your widget is there. You deserve to have your hubs read by many, because we are fans. I am adding a few more nice surprises to this site. Thanks for the hugs and kisses! Heh! You made my day, blaise! Don't take that the wrong way, ok! If your happy, I am happy! To Give is a good thing. Besides, your widget looks great! Take care. Big hugs from me and Cathy too!


blaise25 profile image

blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

here.. I'm trying to find another layout for my blog coz the looks has changed a bit. :( Say hi to Cathy! :)


Astra Nomik profile image

Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Hy Blaise! Big warm hi back at you. : )

We love your blog. Cassy is doing some re-designing of her website. And it's got my face on all the pages now! OMG I'm everywhere like wallpaper (Hides behind the sofa)


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Good morning Blaise from Team Cheeky! Heh! Well, jazzing up the blog is a good thing. It's nice to change stuff round! I will pop in later and have a peek at how things are going with ya! Yes, Cathy is here, wolfing down her scrambled eggs and toast here, and getting crumbs all over the pc, lookit that in the spacebarrrrrrr %&$ing crumbs everywhere! Hahahahaha!

Astra Nomik: you nutty woman! I love ya!


blaise25 profile image

blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Hello Team Cheeky! Ow, you two are so sweet as honey...ants are everywhere LOL I want my old layout, cant find anything like that anywhere. It sux! I guess the one hosting my template layout is screwed. Enjoy your breakfast Team Cheeky :)


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Blaise25 the amazing poetess / writer

I hate ants! They get everywhere. Ok on the honey, though! We love the compliment. Aw, that's so sweet! Heh! Just popped in for a bit - gotta drive back to the office in few mins. Grrr! Are you having trouble getting a good layout for that blog? Your layout was very colourful and "spacey" and vibe-a-licious and everything. Mind you, I thought the supplied layouts (yes I got one too, kinda bland!) looked pretty un-spectacular. The management need to pay a wee bit more attention to the people using it. (Some of the widgets don't seem to work for me either, I thought there was a bug in the calendar countdown widget, I get sick and tired of resetting it every time I log on. Anyway, mini rant over.) I hope you have luck sorting it out, blaise. I enjoy checking out your stuff there!

I don't wanna be a pain in the whatever, but maybe you should try weebly.com. I find them amazing. And incredibly free. I am planning on having downloadable files available on mine, in fact, I got a free song right on mine right now. It's got very good templates and they are very editable. I have my adsense active and I get referrals to my hubs too from it.

But you could shop around and find a good blog provider in a few places. I'm looking hard at Wordpress right now. Boy it's got lots of stuff available on it! Take care! I'll check in this evening again! Take care, my friend! Team Cheeky out! : )


Alya rose profile image

Alya rose 6 years ago from From beyond the reeds

After I read this I listened to one of there songs and they are great!the lead singer has a wonderful,powerful,voice.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Alya: Thanks for commenting, moi friend. Beach House are awesome. I'm glad you had a listen too. The song Norway is being played on the radio a lot over here too. And yes, the lead singer is in a class of her own! Cheers!


prettydarkhorse profile image

prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I will comment again here hehe, I listen to them at youtube now, to be honest I am not into hearing music at times but when you recommend it, I find time to look at it because I know it is well recommended, Love ya Cheeky!


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello again, Maita. I never tire of you or of seeing your smiling face looking at me in my hubs! : ) Sometimes the music I listen to lifts my mood, and it's nice to unwind to good music. I have some new up-coming music hubs that you will like, I am sure. I will make sure there are videos for you to watch and listen to as well! Hubs are just amazing! Thanks for the support and belief, my friend! : )


Subo Complex 6 years ago

I find this music stunning. I think your web page or hub very interesting. Its a great album review. Very good. Will check you out more. Teen Dream is a good album.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Subo Complex: Thank you for the comment, and the email too. Sorry, I never heard of a band called Techno Trousers. Weird question to get. Something to do with Wallace and Gromit maybe? Glad you like Beach House. Teen Dream is where it's at, moi friend. Thanks for the other comments you made about music too. Appreciate the feedback as always. And glad to have another fan of the website popping in here too. Cheers!


Granny's House profile image

Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Hi Cheeky. I found you on another hub. I read your comment and had to come check out your hubs. So far I am liking them. Gotta go have to read more. I am now a follower too.


Cheeky Girl profile image

Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Granny's House: what a great Hub name you have! Happy to have you check my hubs. I am glad you like Beach House! They are a great band from Baltimore! Thanks for being a new follower! I will check your hubs too! Cheers! : )

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working