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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

13. Beach House, Bloom

Label: Sub Pop
Released: May 15

At the forefront of the modern dream-pop landscape stands Baltimore's Beach House. As a duo, they are now four albums deep, which might lead you to believe that their approach has grown stale over time. Actually, it's quite the opposite. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally's sound has only strengthened and become more beautifully honed since their self-titled debut dropped in 2006.

Proving that point is this year's Bloom, a stunning exercise in lush guitars, enrapturing vocals, and hypnotic percussion. While they are successful at venturing into different territory on tracks like "On the Sea," Beach House truly brings it home on heartbreaking single "Myth" and grown-up anthem "Other People." -AM

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