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Shields by Grizzly Bear
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Warp Records
Grizzly Bear have an incredible ability to balance grand beauty with stark eeriness. The quartet's fourth album weaves intricate melodies into a plush quilt that has the power to change colors, shapes and textures with each listen. Throughout, myriad sounds -- droning synths, distorted guitar, acoustic picks, off-kilter beats, horns, strings and those cavernous choir-boy croons -- clash, then mingle, then waltz together. The arrangements feel more based in free jazz than anything in the rock canon; just see "Yet Again," which starts like Coldplay before falling headfirst down the rabbit hole.
Stephanie Benson
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