I’m going to kick this review off boldly, Shields
has potential to launch Grizzly Bear to the next level. What level is that you
ask? Why it’s the same level the Arcade Fire and Bon Iver achieved, this album
has potential Grammy nod written all over it. I apologize to hipsters everywhere
that read that last sentence and cringed with fury. Sorry little skinny jean
wearing, boat shoes supporting, Woody Allen impersonating kids. Get over it!
It’s just how life works.
I’m not entirely sure if this term for a music
genre has been coined yet so here it goes, “Stoner Pop.” Do I even need to go into
any more detail? What’s that? I do? Well if you insist… If the Smiths and Phish
had a love child, it would be Grizzly Bear and their album Shields, it’s
structured yet mind expanding.
“Sleeping Ute,” the first single from the album, launches the
album with guitars a blazing. A unique intro not typical for the band quickly
slips into something a little more familiar, that being a poppy psychedelic
swirl storm of beautiful melody. The track is divine and won’t dismay the ears.
Another highlight to Shields is the 90FM favorite, “Yet Again,”
which has the ability to make the listener loosen up, zone out, and dance. The
instrumentals are fabulous but what hooked me in was the sway of the vocals,
they really cranked this tune. The high point of the record in my opinion is
the song entitled “A Simple Answer.” Vocally soulful and lyrically insightful
it complements the piano and drum driven instrumentals extremely well.
completion of this album it becomes known that the once brilliant yet
hibernating Grizzly Bear has now emerged from it’s slumber with an album that
is utterly fantastic and genius, I’m sure it will become a staple in the 90FM
stacks. was exactly what we as fans of the Talking Heads and St. Vincent would
want to be, authentic, fascinating, and entertaining. I couldn’t be more
excited to have it added in 90FM’s Heavy Rotation.