Review: Grizzly Bear, ‘Shields’

Review: Grizzly Bear, ‘Shields’: Aidin Vaziri | Hailed by indie-music bloggers as pretty much the greatest thing since microwaveable Hot Pockets, this Brooklyn quartet remains underappreciated by people whose lives take place beyond an LCD screen. (Well, with the notable exception of New York hipsters Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who attended Grizzly Bear’s concert at East River State Park a few years back.) The group doesn’t make any major concessions to the mainstream on its third studio recording, “Shields,” but the album feels even more polished than its perfectly polished predecessors. The meditative “Gun-Shy” boasts a slyly insistent melody wrapped around tinkling rhythms and butterscotch harmonies; “Sleeping Ute” is an unexpectedly fierce ball of folk and fuzz; while the gorgeous album closer “Sun in Your Eye” feels a lot like what Brian Wilson was trying to achieve with the Beach Boys’ “Smile.”


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