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Grizzly Bear - Shields
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Rank: #28 / 897
USER SCORE
83
Based on
378 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pitchfork

Though full of baroque, detail-rich production and latticework melodies, Shields also offers an emotionally resonant core.

91
A.V. Club

Delicate beauty and refined presentation still rule on the Brooklyn mainstay’s fourth album, Shields, but the balance is subtly shifting.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Shields works because of its complexity rather than in spite of it. 

90
musicOMH

This is an ensemble that seems to have reached a sort of pinnacle in collaboration and musical communication.

90
PopMatters

While Shields may mark a transition for the band in terms of the immediate emotional impact of their music, it is clear that they have not in any way abandoned their expansive approach to melody and song structure. 

90
Consequence of Sound

Shields growls and purrs in ways Grizzly Bear has never before.

90
American Songwriter

What’s most remarkable about Shields is not so much that Grizzly Bear have gotten more comfortable with ratcheting up the intensity, but rather that they’ve arrived upon a sound that’s louder and fuzzier while maintaining a uniquely ornate beauty.

85
Under The Radar

The album is filled with wonderful little moments that add up to create a remarkable whole. 

84
Paste

Though at time reaching heavenly heights, Shields is, as the name suggests, a heavy, protected album, stuffy with an ennui particular to the young and gifted.

80
Drowned in Sound

Any mention of Shields being slightly more up front and rougher around the edges is not to say that isn't still beautiful. 

80
The 405

The praise for this album must also be given to their ability to keep up their standard of timeless, mood-enhancing music.

80
AllMusic

While it's not as obviously big a statement as Veckatimest was, Shields is plenty ambitious in its own right, and its complexity demands and rewards patient listening.

80
Rolling Stone

With Shields, they still sound like Radiohead at a Buddhist retreat, but the songs are more muscular.

80
Clash

‘Shields’ is an engrossing, beautiful work which could only come from Grizzly Bear, and only at this point in their career. Stunning.

80
Uncut

If their painstaking studiocraft has in the past seemed over-refined or even fussy, here they’ve discovered a new wildness, a liberating sense of drama.

78
Beats Per Minute

Shields is both well-mannered and demanding, subdued but always bubbling under the surface. 

70
NME

For all the strange twists and turns, the rich layers and dark beauty to be found, nothing here grabs you and sets up home in your heart like ‘Veckatimest’ did. 

70
No Ripcord

The hard work they put into Shields deserves recognition, even if it occasionally strikes as too labored and considered.

60
Slant Magazine

Pretty but formless, Shields plays like a calculated retreat into something altogether indistinct and inconsequential.

60
NOW Magazine

Shields is not going to grab you, but it rewards patience.

Errandboy
69
It's definitely Grizzly Bear, but many of the tracks here just aren't memorable unfortunately. Maybe it'll grow on me some day, but for now it's just kinda disappointing coming from these guys.

Fav Tracks: Sleeping Ute, Gun-Shy
MarkCooper
90
It's the subtleties in this album that make it for me. They don't seem too important, but I can't imagine the same weight the album brings without them. This is Grizzly Bear's most mature release by far, and a big step in the genre of 'Baroque Pop' to me.
Tom Simmons
79
Fav Tracks: Sleeping Ute, Sun In Your Eyes, Yet Again, A Simple Answer, Speak In Rounds

Least Fav Track: The Hunt
83
Easy to listen, very relaxing and enjoyable album.
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DETAILS

September 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
grizzly-bear.net / Website
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# 14 - A.V. Club
# 38 - AllMusic
# 25 - BBC
# 10 - Clash
# 40 - Consequence of Sound
# 39 - DIY
# 39 - Exclaim!
# 33 - Gigwise
# 12 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 19 - MAGNET
# 17 - NME
# 10 - No Ripcord
# 6 - Obscure Sound
# 25 - Paste
# 27 - Pazz & Jop
# 9 - Piccadilly Records
# 10 - Pitchfork
# 19 - PopMatters
# 6 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 35 - Rolling Stone
# 17 - SPIN
# 25 - Spinner
# 16 - Stereogum
# 13 - The Fly
# 14 - The Guardian
# 31 - The Line of Best Fit
# 12 - Time Out London
# 8 - Uncut
# 9 - Under the Radar
# 9 - Urban Outfitters
MISC LISTS
# 44 - Drowned in Sound
# 4 - Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Sleeping Ute 
  2. Speak in Rounds 
  3. Adelma 
  4. Yet Again 
  5. The Hunt 
  6. A Simple Answer 
  7. What's Wrong 
  8. gun-shy 
  9. Half Gate 
  10. Sun in Your Eyes


Added on: July 9, 2012