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With disparate contributions from its four members, Grizzly Bear’s sound has long been multifaceted and thoughtfully layered. Repeated listening is frequently rewarded with newly discovered textures and details. “Sleeping Ute” opens Shields, the group’s fourth studio album, and is almost like a three-movement piece; alt-country–tinged guitar and bass introduce the song before a swirl of keyboards, buzzy guitars, and thunderous drumming transpires. A vocal and Spanish-style acoustic guitar outro make for an unresolved conclusion. Shields' most straight-ahead modern rock number, “Yet Again,” is in the melodically accessible vein of “Two Weeks” from Grizzly Bear’s previous release, Veckatimest. A showcase for multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear’s tuned percussion and lyrical drumming, “A Simple Answer” is bathed in emotive longing. There’s an addictive new wave pop sound to the nuanced “gun-shy,” while “Sun in Your Eyes” starts and ends as a piano ballad, transforming into a chamber rock pièce de résistance in between.

Customer Reviews


I love Grizzly Bear!!! There music is mystical and familiar in an odd way. It is comforting and yet sporadic. These guys are geniuses and anything they throw out will be well received. My favourite songs of this album though are Half Gate, and Sun In Your Eyes. Half Gate is incredibly relatable and I just love it. Sun In Your Eyes has so many different things going on which eventually progress to a beautiful finish to the album. Amazing job Grizzly Bear. Another great album.


This is perfection, the arrangements are beautiful, lyrically powerful, amazing use of instrumentation. I cold not be more impressed or happy with everything I've heard on this album. I used to think grizzly bear albums had extreme peaks and valleys, but this is a climb to the top of everest and back, fulfillment.

It grows, and grows, ... and GROWS!

One of these rare albums that sounds better every time you hear it, until it becomes a part of you. When it does, you'll play it in from A to Z, not tolerating any interruptions, cherishing every moment of it. In my humble opinion, greatest full-length since Radiohead's "Kid A".


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Grizzly Bear began as a home recording project for Boston-bred experimentalist Edward Droste, the son of an elementary school teacher, who laid the groundwork for the band's otherworldly debut album on a small hand-held tape recorder while holed up for 15 months in his Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment. His homespun D.I.Y. effort took on new life with the help of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear, a Chicago native who had worked in a diverse range of musical projects ranging from laptop electronica...
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