Grizzly Bear: Shields

Last updated 14:40 25/10/2012

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It didn't seem as if these Brooklyn art-rockers could come up with something to match the brilliant Veckatimest, but they have.

Their box of tricks is used more judiciously this time, giving Shields a more direct and open feeling – it largely strips away the dreamy aura of some of their past efforts, and there's more depth to their lyrics as well.

Sleeping Ute is a wonderful opening cut, with its baroque sway, starbursts of guitar and curtains of synth, before the psychedelic folk juggernaut Speak In Rounds and the single-minded determination of A Simple Answer.

There's still time for ethereal anguish in What's Wrong?, and less ambitious poppy moments in Yet Again and Gun-Shy, before Half Gate and Sun In Your Eyes provide a surging grand finale.

Best tracks: Sleeping Ute, A Simple Answer

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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