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Shields

Grizzly Bear Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Sun In Your Eyes 7:060.79  Buy MP3 


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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm with Pitchfork how about you? 18 Sep 2012
By Kenneth
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 23 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A warm fuzzy behemoth of an album 17 Sep 2012
By degrant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Newcomers to the Grizzly Bear world (or should that be bearpit?) reading the flurry of reviews of "Shields" over the last week might be justified in thinking that this is the release which signifies the band's transformation from restless time-shifters to purveyors of a more languid, pastoral sound, steeped in the heritage of Americana (or from Dirty Projectors to Fleet Foxes, to mention two bands with whom Grizzly bear are often compared).

The reality is, inevitably, more interesting and complex. For all the protests of long term fans that certain songs sound like Coldplay, GB were always more accessible and less obviously cerebral than a number of their contemporaries as evident on previous albums "Yellow House" and "Veckatimest". Indeed a number of people have described "Shields" as less immediate than its predecessor and a "grower" while to my mind, at least, it is a refinement and crystallisation of the band's art. The sound is still subtle but more muscular in an utterly non bombastic way. Opener "Sleeping Ute" has a rhythmic snap which throws a nod to early Talking Heads or Wire but with the sheen of Mercury Rev's "Deserter Songs" or Beck's "Sea Change". The guitars on "Yet Again" still have the texture before but seem to sparkle more brightly and complement Ed Droste's wistful, sepia-toned voice.

Towards the end, "Shields" threatens to become a bit too "The Long and Winding Road" before the intriguing closer "Sun In Your Eyes" summon up the spirit of Plush's "More You Becomes You" and High Llamas' "Gideon Gaye". In short, while "Shields" is not quite worthy of the prominence in end of year polls that some are predicting, it shows the paucity of ambition of much contemporary music in the States and the UK and deserves to catapult Grizzly Bear into the public consciousness. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice second album 25 April 2013
By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Shields: Grizzly Bear - Bears listening to 8 Feb 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret it!
I would just say that Shields is the type of music that needs you to give some time and energy to appreciate! Read more
Published 5 months ago by vinceletah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brizzly Gear
I've known of these guys for a couple of years but this is the first thing I've bought, so I can't compare to previous albums. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
They keep getting better with every release and this is one of the best albums of the last few years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR MARK CLAYTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Some really good tracks
Music is obviously subjective but I must say that I'm really impressed with this album. It's a permanent addition to my car now.
Published 12 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spice Must Flow
Well I don't know, but if they keep growing like this I think we could have another Radiohead on our hands :)
I love all four of their albums, but they just keep getting... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance
I don't usually write reviews as I simply haven't the time, but I'll make an exception for this piece of brilliance. I wasn't sure what to expect and had some pre-listens online. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Nunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Shields
Grizzly Bears have succeeded in surpassing Veckatimest by making an album with original songs with catchy yet not predictable songs . Well worth the buy .
Published 14 months ago by Hans Westerlaken
3.0 out of 5 stars Grizzly CD from The Bears
I quite like this band and was really looking forward to listening to this CD but have to say that I am a bit disappointed.
Published 15 months ago by SteveGG
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
I've been a fan of Grizzly Bear since I first heard them on Warp Records sampler some years ago. They were, and are, one of the most original and stimulating bands around. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but weird
I do think that Grizzly Bear take themselves too seriously. There are some great moments, but a lot of over earnest thrashing about and discords. Why did I buy the whole album?
Published 15 months ago by M. C. Prestage
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