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Boomkat Product Review:
Few guitar bands capture the ethereal quite as well as Warp veterans Grizzly Bear, and while they might welcome comparisons with fellow New Yorkers The Dirty Projectors or revered post-rockers Tortoise they’re pretty much unmistakable to listen to. ‘Shields’ is a grandiose continuation of the themes explored on ‘Veckatimest’, and keeps up the nauseatingly high production value too – again giving us the thought that there’s not a snare out of place. What makes ‘Shields’ so listenable though is not the silky, tape-saturated production (although that helps) – it’s the songs, buoyed by Daniel Rossen’s characteristically melancholy vocals. Just flip to ‘Yet Again’, which sidesteps the usual Grizzly Bear complexity (hello ‘Sleeping Ute’) in favour of good old-fashioned songwriting. This is the kind of writing that no doubt endears the band to their throng of famous fans (hey, when Jay-Z’s singing your praises you’ve probably made it) and it’s certainly the glue that holds ‘Shields’ together.