AOTY 2018

Yellow House

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2006 Ratings: #20 / 612
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2006 Ratings: #16
September 5, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
Chris Taylor / Producer
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Yellow House is a beautiful album in its own right, and required listening not just for fans of Horn of Plenty, but for anyone who enjoys ambitious, creative music with an emotional undercurrent.

No Ripcord

It flourishes with the warm psychedelic rays that penetrate its forest canopy; sometimes charged and almost always sentimentally musty. Like a home ripe with the memories of a hundred lives, Yellow House is constantly seeping with new confessions from all of its sun touched walls.


The album as a whole is one complex, yet simple and effective work. It may seem repetitive or boring, but if you take time to travel through from start to finish, it is that perfect “mood” album.


Beyond production, Grizzly Bear have stepped up their songwriting in every way, assembling melodies that proceed in a logical fashion but never sound overused or overly familiar.

Coke Machine Glow

The melodies are entrancing, made even more intriguing by their submergence within the reverb, together resulting in an album whose scope and sound are impossible to ignore.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Grizzly Bear are an Animal Collective that decided to go more intelligible and accessible instead of running naked through the woods on five hits of sunshine acid while screaming in tongues.


This is a big album: big-hearted, epic in scope and ambition, emotionally all-encompassing and yet somehow personal and quietly moving.

The Skinny

Chilled out, stirring, challenging and eclectic: Grizzly Bear are not inhibited by genre and neither should their listeners be.

The Guardian

Yellow House isn't an album to dip into; instead you dive in and sink to the bottom, at once drenched in emotion and uplifted.


The group, now a quartet, get more expansive - and more pop - on their second album, even making space for multitracked Beach Boys harmonies.

One of the most heartfelt and pleasant indie rock releases i've heard in a while. The downtrodden, passionate vocal performances give this LP a large personality and the subtle, easygoing melodies and instrumentation make it an album that i'm never not in the mood to listen, and in my opinion the songwriting here is much more engaging than it was on their 2012 release Shields. There are a couple tracks on this thing that don't impress me quite as much as others do, but that's not enough to stop ... read more
Of the four primary Grizzly Bear albums, “Yellow House” is by far the band’s most atmospheric and inaccessible work. Compared to “Veckatimest,” an album that’s about as big as indie rock albums get and which easily grabs you on the first try, “Yellow House” can hold you at arm’s length for a while. Repeated listens in a good setting are essential: after a while, Ed Droste’s strange melodies begin to creep up on the listener, and the ... read more
The most atmospheric and embracing album from Grizzly Bear thus far. Starts off slow but once it gets going, it really gets into the swing of things. Possibly my favorite from the band, but all of their material is so dense that it's hard to keep track of.

Favorite tracks: Easier, Knife, Little Brother, On a Neck On a Spit, Reprise, Colorado
Fav Tracks: Lullabye, Knife, Reprise
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Track List

  1. Easier
  2. Lullabye
  3. Knife
  4. Central and Remote
  5. Plans
  6. Little Brother
  7. Marla
  8. On a Neck, on a Spit
  9. Reprise
  10. Colorado
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