Grizzly Bear: Shields

The sound and the beauty…
Ed Droste, Chris Bear, Chris Taylor, and Daniel Rossen are a force to be reckoned with in today’s world of music. From the unsettling beauties of Yellow House to the massive pop arrangements of Veckatimest, the group has already earned their stripes and critical acclaim. So, as they ask on the song “Colorado” off of Yellow House, “What now, what now, what now, what now?” Well, the answer is Shields. They did it: the boys made an album of creation, preservation, and destruction. This is haunting, yet majestic. The band is egalitarian while featuring very up-front production for most vocal, drum, guitar, and other instrumental parts. Most of what I loved about the prior two albums has been mated perfectly together to create a revitalized and more involving soundstage throughout this album. Grizzly Bear is a non-electronic group on Warp Records, by the way. This should tell you something about their level of skill and craftsmanship.
Think: A musical experience worth sharing with the world.
REC: 1, 2, 4, 8, all
FCC: None
Label: Warp
Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012

alex applegate reviewed this album on Sept. 17, 2012

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