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Beach House
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
By Jaime Lees Thursday, Jul 5 2012

After the breakthrough success of 2010’s Teen Dream, Beach House is back and touring behind a new album. Released in May, Bloom is less sparse than its predecessor. It’s happier, with more twinkling and even a little bit of a downtempo disco vibe. There is a balance here that wasn’t common before — the band seems to be finding the space between being serious and being taken too seriously. Singer-songwriter and vocalist Victoria Legrand works her sexy little aloof French thing hard, and this album proves that she has one of the most distinctive voices in modern music. Think Nico but more refined and without the masculinity or tragedy.

Avoid If: You’ve recently dealt with death or a divorce or any other bad life-altering event. Beach House has a way of amplifying your sadness.

 

Pazz & Jop 2010 – 38th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

Pazz & Jop 2010
38th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll

“Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice. The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics. Pazz & Jop was introduced by The Village Voice in 1974 as an album-only poll, but was expanded to include votes for singles in 1979.”