On September 18th, 2012, Grizzly Bear released their fourth full-length album entitled Shields. Many critics had their doubts about it after the widespread success of Veckatimest in 2009. Fortunately for Grizzly Bear, those doubts are now a thing of the past. With Shields, the band induces a full scale of emotions through compositional diversity. “Sleeping Ute” starts electric and ends with a lone classical guitar, a stark contrast intriguing to the ear. Songs like “Yet Again” and “Sun in Your Eyes” flaunt the band’s thick vocal harmonies, while “The Hunt” has dissonant qualities reminiscent of sophomore release Yellow House.
As a whole, this record is an ideal mixture of catchy hooks and sprawling arrangements. With bassist Chris Taylor producing, all ten tracks come through like bolded font. There are few weak spots even after a dozen listens. Don’t be surprised when Grizzly Bear snags a few Grammys in February.
Written by Alex Simpson, Radio K volunteer.