Album
Shields
Critic Reviews
User Reviews
Artist
Grizzly Bear

Shields by Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear - Shields
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ranking: #11 / 708
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USER SCORE
84
Based on
219 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.

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.

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.

70
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

USER REVIEWS

83

Easy to listen, very relaxing and enjoyable album.

100

nothing such awesome like "Sun in your eyes"

94

My favorite album of 2012. With mix of songs that are both artistically rich and the ones which are more catchy. They managed a nearly perfect album. The "Sun in your eyes" is best moment of the album, so modern and unique and unexpected too. lyrics are well balanced between depth and beauty. Overall one of the best in this decade so far.

88

a consistent album of very good songs but no brilliant ones, talented song writers and musicians but lacks deep emotion (imo)

83

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 18, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Warp
GENRE: Indie Folk, Indie Rock
WEBSITE: grizzly-bear.net
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 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 and Jop
# 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
# 8 - Uncut
# 9 - Under the Radar
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
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Added on: July 9, 2012