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Veckatimest [CD]

Grizzly Bear Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B001U7FWM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Southern Point 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Two Weeks 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All We Ask 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fine For Now 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cheerleader 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dory 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ready, Able 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. About Face 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hold Still 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. While You Wait For The Others 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Live With You 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Foreground 3:350.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

A few months after Animal Collective's superb Merriweather Post Pavilion appeared to a fanfare of praise, a serious rival to its status as the US alternative album of the year - 2009's Fleet Foxes, if you like - has emerged in the shape of Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest.

The Brooklyn quartet, already established as one to watch since 2006's highly promising Yellow House, have spent much of the intervening three years pursuing a hectic touring schedule, including a prestigious stint supporting Radiohead, whose guitarist Jonny Greenwood recently anointed them his ''favourite band in the world''.

High praise indeed, but there's no doubt Veckatimest - named after a tiny, uninhabited island off Cape Cod - is a truly world class record. Like Merriweather Post Pavilion, it's a collection of dazzlingly complex, rich textures, but while the latter album specialises in kaleidoscopic, sugar rush psychedelia, Grizzly Bear's sound is dense and baroque, moving at an altogether statelier pace.

Those seeking instant hooks and sing-along choruses will be disappointed. Veckatimest's songs unfurl gradually; intricate tapestries of shifting rhythms and moods that take time to lodge in the brain. But even on the first couple of listens, some exquisite moments reveal themselves.

Take for example Two Weeks, which begins with infectious, bouncing piano before building into a flurry of harpsichords and gorgeous harmonies; or Ready, Able with its sumptuous refrain marrying organ and bass guitar, evoking memories of Here Today from the Beach Boys' masterful Pet Sounds. Elsewhere; subtle, unobtrusive string arrangements nestle alongside choral flourishes; ethereal, murmured vocals suddenly give way to cacophonous, discordant crescendos; fragments of tunes drift by tantalisingly before moving on. The sheer range of musical ideas is nothing short of breathtaking, showcasing a rare ability to gracefully blend layer upon layer of instruments to achieve a sonic palette verging on the symphonic.

Yet for all its qualities, sometimes Veckatimest is a record easier to admire than love. It occasionally staggers under the sheer weight of its virtuosity and loses focus, with a few tracks suffering from a lack of melody and structure. Yet it all comes together again perfectly on the closing Foreground, a stunning, otherworldly ballad that shimmers beautifully like Mercury Rev during their Deserters Songs-era peak. --Chris White

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STANDARD EDITION : Smash 2009 album! Soaring chamber-pop 'n' harmonic folk from the ascendant Brooklyn ensemble. Cameos by Victoria Legrand (Beach House) and Nico Muhly. Includes "Two Weeks" and "Cheerleader".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I first got hold of this album when it came out last year. I played it two or three times and to be honest - it completely failed to grab me. I knew there was a tremendous amount of hype around it but whatever that was about went straight over my head. After reading a few of the reviews I decided to give it another go a few weeks back, as I was intrigued as to what i was missing in this

I have to say straightaway that whilst I still find a few faults with Veckatimest, it has grown on me considerably. When this is good it really does approach brilliance. And for me the best of the album is from the middle onwards. Looking at this now I think it's the first two tracks that put me off. 'Southern Point' I like better now although like one or two other tracks I still think that the odd moment drifts to the bad side of 70s rock music. Maybe it's just me but I hear a faint echo of Steely Dan on at least one track, and I'd hate to think Grizzly Bear will drift down a mid 70s corporate rock/Eagles type gig... . I'm still unconvinced by 'Two Weeks'. I don't know but the piano-driven rock behind this track brings to mind a close resemblance to a Keane song. Perhaps that's what threw me? Still these criticisms are minor really. What I do like is the way the album builds after this. I'm loving the backing vocals and at times their placement is utterly sublime. The closing two tracks though are the standout of the album. 'I Live with You' is a dreamy classic and highlights the best of this record, when it's at its most ethereal and otherworldy is oddly when it packs its biggest punch. 'Foreground' is a fabulous way to bow out of the album and really leaves me wanting more. A very beautiful ending. (8.5/10)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grizzly's masterful third album 4 Jun 2012
By Kenneth
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Grizzly Bear are set to release their fourth studio album later this year and even in this era where new music is constantly in circulation (quite often before it's actual release date) i'd be suprised if it's not being eagerly awaited by even the most highly saturated of music listeners. The reason i assert this is almost entirely based on the glowing reviews this album received upon it's 2009 release, attracting a mass of new fans and turning the band into one of indie rocks hottest properties. So three years on, having personally been re-introduced to Grizzly Bear by listening to Daniel Roseens excellent Silent Hour/Golden mile EP a couple of months ago, i thought i'd give my thoughts on this beaut of an album.

"Southern Point" opens the record with an intriguiging flutter, it rises with a cascade of instrumentation that's played with equals parts intensity and poise. "Two Weeks" the albums most successful single follows and even with it's endless appearance on TV and Radio it's not lost an iota of magic. I'm not one for hyperbole but i think it's one of greatest pop songs of the century! the simplicity of the staccato piano chords, the syncopated drumming and the stunning singing of Ed Droste with the sumptuous vocal harmonies (featuring Victoria Legrand of Beach House) makes the song feel utterly transcendent.

Nico Muhly the clasical protege makes a welcome addition here too, providing some delightful choral arrangements to "Cheerleader" and "Foreground" two of the songs that captured peoples attention when the album unfotunately leaked prior to it's release date. "Cheerleader" is a seductive wonder and is one of the most accesible tracks here too, even if it still features the wide open spaces the rest of the songs have on this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summertime Swoon 8/10 2 Jun 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Veckatimest is an uninhabited island close to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Veckatimest the album, however, is deceptively full of life. This is one of a series of paradoxes at the heart of this record. It feels awkward, each note having been carefully chosen, or composed, as some have suggested, but it comes across entirely comfortable with its nods to folk and experimentalism. It feels adventurous, but in an entirely safe way, like taking a trip after many hours happy reflection deep within the folds of a forgiving sofa, but only to the lush confines of some walled garden.

There will be and have been inevitable comparisons made with Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Both records are experimental and have had loose genres such as folk, pop and generic indie, even combinations thereof, thrown at them with the hope one might stick. The Animal Collective album however was full of giddy abandon; Veckatimest is truly hammock-worthy in its more relaxed approach.

The close harmonies of West Coast classics live on in this record, as they did in Fleet Foxes' successful release last year. Yet, there is much more at play here. The infectious bounce of `Two Weeks' is loveable in a way Fleet Foxes were not, which is to say, if they were `White Winter Hymnal', then this is summertime swoon.

The vocal is ever warm and dreamy to the point of Deerhunter. `Cheerleader' strongly recalls the considered plod of Bradford Cox's `Saved By Old Times'. The bubbling harmony, acoustic strumming, plucks and mid-tempos that start `Dory' bring Department of Eagles to mind. The orchestral quality of `Hold Still', with its choir-like vocal hints at the scope of the album's potential. `While You Wait For The Others' confirms it with its epiphanic and soaring vocal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a Christmas present for a vinyl loving son in law. Much appreciated!
Published 24 days ago by V Z Lead
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to say
One of the best albums in that year. I love them and their idea to produce it with the choir.
Published 18 months ago by Przemek
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it even more live
Listened a couple of times then saw them live in Warwick. Beautiful and much to enjoy even without knowing the music that well. Very accomplished. Recommended.
Published 19 months ago by Taxpayer Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant.
Shocked to see any negative reviews of Veckatimest. I still listen to it all the time- from first song to the last song it is truly fantastic. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by JP 23
4.0 out of 5 stars Precisely crafted
Featuring outstanding production and varied instrumentation, this is a lush pop record. The record is meticulously crafted with each track being a very deliberate and complete... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2010 by J. W. Evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Veckatimest Review
Since purchase of this album I have been playing it non stop.
It is expressed as indie but it covers many different genres. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by Mr. Ed Shean
3.0 out of 5 stars I tried
I really, really tried with this album. I heard some very early Grizzly Bear stuff a while back (Deep Sea Diver sticks in the mind) and I had heard a couple of tracks off this one. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by Mr. M. Read
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good a si expected
too twangy and too clangy, insufficiently ispirational and emotive - i want music that lifts me into the stratospere not drags me down among the neighbour's dustbins
i prefer... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2009 by LUCINDA
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic indie rock
I first saw this band on the Jool's Holland show earlier in the year. I think they played 'two weeks' which intrigued me and I wanted to hear more so I bought the album and was not... Read more
Published on 25 July 2009 by J. D. Berry
2.0 out of 5 stars Ain't no Fleet Foxes
I can hear the connection, but I ain't feeling the joy. I turned to Grizzly Bear for a second hit of harmony, new melody, and folk influenced storytelling, but came away... Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Mr. K. O. Regan
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