2012′s Best Albums
7. Beach House, Bloom
Robbie says: This was a year when anything seemed to go, album-wise, yet very few releases stuck to the wall of memory. Such was not the case with Bloom, the fourth LP from exquisite duo Beach House. Some critics found the 10 tracks here to be bereft of hooks, but they should take a second listen to the sweetly mesmerizing "Other People," mournful ballad "The Hours" or the blipping-and-bleeping, dreamy "Lazuli." Commercially, the pair not only cracked the Top 40 on the main album chart for the first time, they also managed to land Bloom in the Top 10. Makes perfect sense. This is music to down a nice Malbec and let your mind slip away to.