Monday, 19 October 2015

Beach House -Thank Your Lucky Stars Album Review

When is a surprise album not really a surprise? Probably when it joins an ever increasing list of them over the last 3 or for years. From Wilco to Drake, Radiohead to Beyonce surprise albums are becoming less of a surprise every time another clunks out. This surprise album however is by far the most surprising. Why does this record exist? Two scenarios could have occurred and both are equally baffling. One if Beach House recorded this album alongside their 2 months old effort Depression Cherry there is the question of why bother with 2 albums that would purely statistically be worse than one. The other scenario is them rushing to release a 2nd album over a time period that must have been a little over a month. Both are confusing but one of the main reasons for the success of the surprise album is in its instantaneousness. Gone are the need to release a single, wait, release a video for that song, wait, announce and complete a pre album tour and hype your upcoming release at the biggest festivals and in my opinion most importantly gone is the need to answer endless monotonous questions about Taylor Swift and Kanye West to place yourself in the right demographic for people to head out on release date...and probably pirate your album anyway. The surprise album gives a freedom from this and allows a group to solely place their music as the focus and for this the surprise album is admirable.

Unfortunately for Beach House focusing on the music exposes many of the frailties of the group. Their dream pop frothiness has by now over the course of the previous albums reached the highest peak it will ever hit and for this band to ever reach any sort of higher status they must deviate.

However 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' is not the album in which this happens.

The album does have many highs. The organ sounds throughout are nothing short of exquisite and some of the songs do stand out as notable. In particular tracks like 'All Your Yeahs' show them at their staple dream pop peak with a great musical breaks that you can really get carried away with and float on. The partner pieces 'The Traveller' and 'Elegy to the Void' are certainly the highlights of the record. Musically and lyrically they hit all the right place and Legrands vocals are at their best even approaching a different sort of sound that would be excellent to hear more of.

The rest of this album unimpressed me. With a lot of filler very few tracks hit any sort of memorableness.

This record is a real shame, its not untruthful in saying that taking the best of this album and Depression Cherry could have produced a really excellent album but instead we are left with 2 average albums, a lot of question and no way in sight for Beach House to match or better 'Teen Dream.'

Dominic Allan

No comments:

Post a Comment