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Grizzly Bear: Shields

This is the band’s first album since the single “Two Weeks” reached the mainstream.

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This Brooklyn quartet has finally loosened up, said Andrew Doerfler in The Boston Globe. Grizzly Bear made its name with “meticulous” chamber pop that, while beautiful, felt emotionally detached. Yet the group’s ambitious music, when delivered in a more easygoing style, “feels all the more fresh.” This is the band’s first album since the sleepy single “Two Weeks” reached the mainstream via some TV play and a VW commercial. Instead of trying to repeat that success, the band “blasts out of the gate with guitars blazing” on “Sleeping Ute,” said Chris DeVille in the A.V. Club. That opener sets the tone for a barrage of their most aggressive music yet. Radiohead is an obvious influence, “but to prolong the comparison would undermine Grizzly Bear’s achievement here.” Singer/guitarists Daniel Rossen and Ed Droste have developed a “powerful songwriting symbiosis,” and their cohorts meld the material into a singular vision—“this time with teeth.”

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