Grizzly Bear - Shields (2 stars)

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Same as before, but with less oomph, more fuzz and fewer tunes

If you know the woozy psych-indie sound of Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House and Veckatimest albums, and can imagine it with less oomph, more fuzz and fewer tunes, you’ve got Shields pegged. The same sounds resurface again and again: the shimmering strings, those arpeggiated, chiming keys, the multi-part choirboy harmonies – and that undulating guitar line in second track ‘Speak in Rounds’ is lifted almost wholesale from Veckatimest opener ‘Southern Point’.

The problem with this record is that it undulates, but never stimulates. It’s perfectly pleasant on the ear, but there’s nothing to grab the attention, either lyrically or musically, and it’s very much the sound of a band resting on their jangly, psychedelic laurels.

Grizzly Bear - Yet Again (from 'Shields', album out September 17/18)

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2. Soul4l9 Sep 2012, 10:46am Report

It's not really a 'review' at two paragraphs in length – the author resting on their tappy-tappy laurels? Whatever your feelings on Shields (I happen to think it's a slow-burn work of pure class), to say it doesn't grab the attention is to have not listened to it properly.

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