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GRIZZLY BEAR - Veckatimest

Sometimes you just wish Pitchfork would shut up already. It's not that I question their sincerity, but their rabid hyperbole leading up to this very anticipated third album by Grizzly Bear only further incites the wolves of backlash to salivate at the Brooklyn quartet's backdoor, 'cause here's the thing: it's not as though Veckatimest sits above reproach. Despite their burly moniker, Grizzly Bear make precious, subtle, intricate indie-folk that is short on backbone and long on wind--they don't sit well jammed down your throat. Their strength is as the underdog, the private find; this whole "saviours of indie" thing fits as awkwardly as a David Byrne hand-me-down. But away from the impossible glare of perfect-score track reviews and hopelessly knock-kneed blogging, the true beauty of this very lovely album emerges. Veckatimest is a well-struck merger between 2006 breakout Yellow House (see awesome rolling and tumbling opener "Southern Point") and co-lead vocalist Daniel Rossen's 2008 Department Of Eagles disc In Ear Park (the crisp trot of "While You Wait For The Others"), and further listens really reveal some expert writing and performances, via the gently cascading waves of "Cheerleader" and the devastating climaxes of "I Live With You". As for the inevitable backlash, loving Grizzly Bear is like believing in Christmas--sure, you can find plenty of logical reasons not to believe the hype, but those who do are guaranteed to have a lot more magic and happiness in their lives.

Reader Comments (1)

Great review, I couldn't agree more. When you see Wavves have such a tremendous breakdown at the Primavera festival, you begin to wonder if Pitchfork's over-zealousness is actually killing bands before they come into their own. Any publication that thinks someone as inexperienced and niche-ready as Wavves should be sharing the same stage as My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin are looking to make the next phenomenon, not find one. Anyway, pitchfork rant aside: Veckatimest is wonderful.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

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