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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B008966SIU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Critically acclaimed fourth studio album by the American indie rock group. Produced by the band's bass player Chris Taylor, the album includes the singles 'Sleeping Ute' and 'Yet Again', and is their first album since 2009's 'Veckatimest'.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on 18 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm not gonna pull any punches on this one, Grizzly Bears fourth studio album is an unmitigated triumph! A bounty of immaculate pleasures of earth shattering transcendence and just about the best gosh darn album I've heard all year. The pristine detail and expansive orchestration on Veckatimest is basically ripped apart and frenetically reassembled on Shields, with drums that are more clattering, guitars that ring with a greater insistence and a multiplicity of other instruments that are forcefully used to generate a truck load of indomitable impact.

On opener "Sleeping Ute" the cavernous resonance of Veckatimest is brilliantly paired with the otherworldly dreaminess of Yellow house to re-imagine the two in stunning Technicolor. Its Flailing cymbal splashes, unidentified electronica and chugging guitar chords delightfully introduce the song and Daniel Rossen's impeccable fingerpicking brings it to a serene finish. It's rare that a song can undergo so many twists and turns without disappearing into sea of formless confusion, but Grizzly Bear make it look so easy on "sleeping ute" and practically repeat the process 8 more times on shields to prove how well their chaotically complex approach can be adapted into writing memorable songs.

"Yet Again" places angular guitars, propelling Harmonies and a loose drum fill into an inimatable pop format, before cathartically exploding itself at the 4.30 mark. "Whats Wrong" blends Cool Jazz and folk rock so seamlessly you'd have thought the two genres were seperated at birth and "A Simple Answer" juggles a "Linus and Lucy-esque" piano refrain whilst stacking Rossen's gorgeous croon, synths, busy guitar, harmonies and even a frickin saxophone at one point.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2012
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Grizzly Bear's fourth album "Shields" is one to work at and preserver with. On first listens its all a bit complex, fussy, unsettling and wayward. There is no Beach Boys style pure pop such as "Two Weeks" to draw you in, or razor sharp indie rock like "The Knife" to play over and over again. The band comprising Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, Chris Taylor and Chris Bear decamped to Texas in an abandoned military base and were fed musically on an eclectic diet of rap and Talk Talk's magnificent "Laughing Stock'. The latter is an album which creeps up on you by revealing more of itself on every listen like a musical striptease and its pleasing to report that "Shields" plays a similar waiting game to the new listener. The opener "Sleeping Ute" has been round the music blogs as much as Sir Chris Hoy has covered the Olympic velodrome track. It is because of this that what would sound like a strange start now seems so familiar. Its swirling psychedelia with a heavy pop slant for some reason reminds this reviewer of a 10cc song that is about to spontaneously combust. It punches and rages until 3 minutes in it turns into a a flowing Spanish sounding acoustic ballad with a lovely Droste vocal. This album is all about layers and the free flowing "Speak in rounds" has so much going on in the background that the listener struggles mentally to pick up its different parts. But then it clicks and all of a sudden its one of the albums best tracks.

More pop orientated but by equally demanding are songs such as "Yet Again" where Droste starts off with the big claim "Yet again we're the only ones/no surprise this is often how its done". This is no idle boast for its hard to think of many bands that plough this particular furrow which at its best can be completely compelling.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By avid fan on 23 Sept. 2012
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I won't be as eloquent as the reviews already posted, but just to be short and sweet -it's brilliant.

I picked up Veckatamist a few years back but despite my trying I just couldn't get into the sound, but this album draws you in from the outside. Stunning tracks, the highlights for me being Yet Again and A Simple Answer.

Not wanting to sound too precious about it, but I don't think I fet this emotionally blown away by the music since Bon Iver's last. Damn, too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2013
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I loved the sound of Grizzly Bear's first album, Veckatimest, the laid back drawled vocals and stop start, gently plucked guitars were a very nice combo.

Shields picks up where the first album left off and shows a band very much progressing along a musical vector. The sound is more refined and, although the tracks don't immediately jump out they are very rich and evocative. The vocals sound as if they were sung in a wooden village hall and they soar and glide beautifully.

The instrumentation is lovely, you can hear the plucking fingers on string, fretboards. Some people hate the sound of the players contacting the instruments but here it adds atmosphere and conviction.

For loves of Bella union type music this is a must have.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have to say I loved this album from the jangly opening bars of Sleeping Ute. With their percussive guitar led indie rock style, beautifully produced to give a rich, textured sound that isn't instantly accessible but strangely compelling, it's a good listen first time around, and a great one second time around when you start to delve deeper into the songs. A bit of a classic, 4 stars.
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