Review: Depression Cherry by Beach House

Depression Cherry by Beach HouseIf you’re new to Beach House, then there’s a lot to enjoy on Depression Cherry, the fifth record from the Baltimore band. Alex Scally’s lush instrumentation and Victoria Legrand’s sublime vocals are a combination to behold, packing a punch that stretches towards a languid, dreamy soundscape. If you’re not new to Beach House, however, Depression Cherry is a disappointment. The band’s done five records, and minor tweaks aside – there’s a bit more of a rumble here that lends an interestingly sinister element to this whole thing – it sounds the same. It all sounds the same. It’s not that we demand Beach House move their sound to unknown lengths and depths – why fix what’s not broken? – but staying in one lane for five albums across ten years isn’t really any fun. It’s like doing five starter albums, introducing yourself each and every time. Depression Cherry isn’t that much fun, and not because of the title. Sure, there is a lot to be found, but you’ve heard all of this before. [NB] | 3/5

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