Beirut is back with their third album. It's short but remains true to form. Clocking in at 33 minutes and 11 seconds with just 9 tracks you can't help but come away from the album wanting more despite how solid each of the tracks are. Coming off the seemingly gigantic 13-track sophomore album The Flying Club Cup, The Rip Tide seems much shorter despite actually being only 5 minutes shorter.
And honestly you can't really fault The Rip Tide. Each track is extremely well thought out and honestly executed. Each minute is accounted for, without time being wasted nor rushed. That's what makes listening to Beirut so enjoyable: a track may be slow but the purpose behind the pace is clearly defined and executed. The ballad of Goshen starts slow, with only vocals sung over piano. As the song moves along it opens up, with drum-rolls, horns, and the all so familiar voice of Beirut's Zach Condon soaring above it all.
Beirut knows their domain and they have it pretty well cornered. I don't know of many other artists who dwell so comfortably in the sort of music that Beirut creates, however I'd be very interested to hear them to compare. The Rip Tide is an extremely strong third album that allows you to appreciate it twice in one hour due to its short run-time. And you will enjoy it twice in one hour because it's that good, and there's nothing out there quite like it.