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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

Hoped they would bring more to the table...

I know, it's the NEW GRIZZLY BEAR! one of the few Indie bands you can't say "you've prooobably never heard of them" about. Fan faves, and champions of the genre.... but this release doesn't showcase them very well. My first impression of giving this a listen-through, is "what a boring album"... I'd say the production level is marvelous, and lovely vocal tone, some decent harmony ... but lets just be real for a moment. There's no "Knife" there's no "Two Weeks" or "Waiting.." and I'm not saying that Grizzly Bear should only make songs that sound just like their other ones, or those ones and never experiment or expand... but what I'm saying is there's nothing on here that I would bring up to argue for if I didn't like the next album. I was hoping these guys would get really big, and be the next supergroup like there were in the times of the 60's/70's, experimenting, but having the hits to back it up. Shields feels like "King of Limbs" to me. A lot of droning, and soft, non-outstanding stuff. Sleeping Ute may be the most accessible song, but it's packaged in such an uncomfortable way. My favorite song is certainly "Gun Shy" i'd have loved an album full of stuff like that, has a nice melody, a cool groove, some sweet guitar fills, seems like the song with the most conventional format. "Yet Again" was not too special, not gripping, but has a sweet enough tone. (alot of songs are just sporadic and a bit chaotic, and not in the good way like Animal Collective can be). Half Gate's alright, Sun In Your Eyes is up there, Adelma is not even a song (just empty space). So really, you've got 9 songs after all these years, and nothing to knock your hat off, or make these guys really take off. There's some cool "moments" like guitar effects on "A Simple Answer", but the songs seem to wear out before the end. I guess I'm just frustrated because I really hoped these guys would whip out a masterpiece, but instead they just made a pretty good, very Grizzly Bear album... yet again. lol. No Knife, nothing immediate or rocking "like" Knife. WIsh they'd take this engineering quality and use it with some of their previous song-writting genius. They seemed on the verge of greatness to me, I'd say they still are. I was hoping this album would've given them the push.... just my opinion, feel free to hate me.

Grizzly Bear does it again

Amazing album great buy! Album of the year!


Grizzly Bear has really grown up. These guys have grown tremendously since Horn of Plenty, and their songwriting is incredible. Daniel Rossen's guitar work is masterful, and his and Ed Droste's voices float over the gargantuan walls of sound and minimal gorgeous numbers beautifully.
Shields is a masterpiece, and I believe that everybody with a decent taste in music should get this record.
Key Tracks: Sleeping Ute, Speak in Rounds, Yet Again, A Simple Answer, Sun In Your Eyes


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing from humble roots into one of the most acclaimed indie rock acts of the 2000s and 2010s, Grizzly Bear began as the home recording project of Boston-bred singer Edward Droste. Holed up in his Brooklyn apartment, he laid the groundwork for the band's otherworldly debut album on a small hand-held tape recorder. His homespun effort took on new life with the help of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear, a Chicago native who had worked in musical projects ranging from laptop electronica to free...
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