Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010

Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010
3. Beach House Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
On their first two albums, Beach House drafted synth-pop and shoegaze characteristics onto what were essentially folk songs, at once dreamy, ethereal, simple, and yet earnestly heartfelt. But only the brightest spots on those could've hinted at the cinematic grandeur that defined their Sub Pop debut, Teen Dream. Beach House's third album is sublime and singular; working through a creative high point, the duo hit their stride in the songwriting department and was finally afforded a big enough budget to make their delicate textures resonate on a massive scale.
Dimitri Nasrallah