Beach House, 'Devotion' (Carpark)

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Devotion
Critical Mass
Label: Carpark

by Shannon Zimmerman

Complaining that Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand lack songwriting chops misses the point: Beach House, the duo's musical moniker, is a sonic connoisseur's workshop, and the pair have impeccable taste. On Devotion, slow-motion organ washes over precisely twanged guitar while Legrand slides sensuously accented phonemes through the hazy mix. The effect is like a vaguely remembered, pleasantly low-key dream. Scally and Legrand toss in a real tune, too: Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston's "Some Things Last a Long Time." Rendered with chiming guitars and haunted vocals, it's the album's emotional centerpiece.

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