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One of the worldâ€™s most celebrated alternative bands return with the bold and breathtaking follow-up to their international breakthrough record.
Grizzly Bear will follow their US Top 10 and UK Top 25 breakthrough record â€˜Veckatimestâ€™ with â€˜Shieldsâ€™, a bold yet textured masterpiece.
The album comes as a result of the band writing and recording in a more cohesive way than ever before, delivering anthemic singles (â€˜Yet Againâ€™, â€˜Speak In Roundsâ€™) and stunning orchestral climaxes (â€˜Sun In Your Eyesâ€™) across the space of its ten tracks.
Asked which tunes on â€˜Shieldsâ€™ belong to which songwriter, every member balks and explains that, for the first time, these are actually full-band numbers. Both in process and product, this is Grizzly Bear as theyâ€™ve never been. The words come matched by a sound that is more passionate than proper, a quality earned by spending less time on the perfect take than on the proper feeling. â€œThis has a different energy behind it,â€ concludes Ed Droste (vocals). â€œâ€˜Veckatimestâ€™ was a little more of a polite album; the desire to keep the vocals smooth might have kept a little distance between us and the audience. This one feels a bit more rough and exposed, so that on â€˜Shieldsâ€™, everything speaks for itself.â€
1. Sleeping Ute
2. Speak In Rounds
4. Yet Again
5. The Hunt
6. A Simple Answer
7. What's Wrong
9. Half Gate
10. Sun In Your Eyes