Release date: 28 February 2008
Beach House have perfected their hazy brand of pop music, again creating a tiny guide to the warmest alcove in the apartment. I think the secret to the band's unavoidable charm is that they're subtle in their advances; the melodies and buoyant harmonies creep up on you slowly and without warning - the echoing guitars of 'You Came to Me' only really making a mark once you've left the album far behind you, and the washed-out lyrics of 'Gila' appearing again maybe in a night of restless sleep.
There are eleven tracks on 'Devotion', and in the same way as its near-perfect predecessor each one is an unfussy pop gem, listenable and hugely satisfying, lending itself to repeat listens effortlessly. We might have lost that 'shock of the new' now, but the band have settled into their shoes delightfully and 'Devotion' is assured, confident and glorious - don't believe me? Well head straight to 'Heart of Chambers', which for many will be this year's 'Apple Orchard', a treacle-thick gelatinous-pop gem which would, in a fairer world be loved and appreciated by the masses. Sadly it remains again our duty to show the band that there are people out there with a true heart and open ear, and for those of us who exhibit these symptoms, 'Devotion' seems the perfect twice-daily medicine. Frankly, essential.