- Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Rank: #28 / 878
USER SCORE
83
Based on
352 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.

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.

BuffaloStaple
60
The production is great, it's a pretty sweet album musically, but the vocal performances here are incredibly uncaptivating and dull imo, and I could say the same for the lyrics, it drags on a little bit too, wasn't a massive fan if you couldn't tell
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.
100
nothing such awesome like "Sun in your eyes"
Siamak
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.
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DETAILS

September 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
grizzly-bear.net / Website
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# 19 - MAGNET
# 17 - NME
# 10 - No Ripcord
# 6 - Obscure Sound
# 25 - Paste
# 27 - Pazz & Jop
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# 19 - PopMatters
# 6 - Pretty Much Amazing
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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