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At 33 minutes in length, 2011’s The Rip Tide flutters into your head, plays your heartstrings and ends leaving you wanting more. In that small amount of time Zach Condon and company drop some impressively huge songs. The Rip Tide was built with sweeping string sections, grand horn arrangements, vintage keyboards and various other tasteful flourishes. This layered approach allows Beirut’s economically arranged baroque-pop songs to play like exquisite pocket-compositions starting with the handsome opener “A Candle’s Fire.” The band honors their hometown on the following “Santa Fe” where Krautrock-influenced repetitions pulse and throb giving Condon ample room for his barbed melodies to unfurl and then grapple the listener. They switch coasts on “East Harlem” where an old pump-organ wheezes before piano, percussion and lazy horns seep in to sound somewhat inspired by an old fashioned New Orleans funeral. Longtime fans who miss the band’s more melancholy moments will feel right at home with the lonesome “Goshen.” Conversely, “Payne’s Bay” is the most poppy ditty here.

Customer Reviews

Very Good!

This album fits everything exactly what i think we were expecting from Beriut! very nice album! theres no gengre for this music! Beriut needs its on section on itunes dedicated just to them! Very Very good! once agian!

This great!

I just got the album, and its amazing! Beirut never fails!

A Plethora of Musical Instruments

These guys fuse the most interesting array of sounds truly in a unique and genuine way.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of 2006's most unexpected indie success stories, Beirut combines a wide variety of styles, from pre-rock/pop music and Eastern European Gypsy styles to the alternately plaintive and whimsical indie folk of the Decemberists to the lo-fi, homemade psychedelic experimentation of Neutral Milk Hotel. At the heart of this sonic hybrid was a teenager from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a fact that made Beirut's debut album, Gulag Orkestar, all the more surprising. Something of a musical prodigy, multi-instrumentalist...
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