Yellow House

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2006 Ratings: #18 / 688
User Score
Based on 303 ratings
2006 Ratings: #25
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

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.

90
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.

90
Sputnikmusic

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.

87
Pitchfork

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.

86
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.

80
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.

80
PopMatters

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

80
The Skinny

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

80
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.

70
Spin

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

pressrg
87
Lush and instrumentally dense, yet somehow rooted in the open ambiance of the studio—or should I say, the house—in which it was recorded. Lurching, linear songwriting feels purposefully-inclined and tonally rich... You're upon a dark rainforest, life everywhere, and it all feels vital, it all feels necessary, it all feels situated...

Favorites: Easier, Lullabye, Knife, On A Neck, On a Spit, Reprise, Colorado
90
There are certain times where someone is unable to pinpoint what makes an album so special. Grizzly Bear's Yellow House is an example of that.

Whilst most of this record is very focused on using percussion and rhythmic aspects of a song as the main weapon of choice, the very abstract acoustic guitar work and reverb-heavy production gives this album a somewhat psychedelic feel. Yes, songs like Central and Remote and Lullabye have the occasional gritty, distorted riff, but most of the cuts are ... read more
pizzagrande
66
incredibly simple but never boring
97
Such an amazing piece of music. It’s so grand in its orchestral instrumentation, yet it feels so barren and woodsy by nature. Even though it’s presented in a Lo-fi fashion, you can tell that the album is intricately produced, that each note is carefully put together in harmony. It elicits sadness and hope with each song, and I can’t emphasize enough how unbelievably good On a Neck, On a Spit is. The building crescendos (they’re everywhere on the album, I know) make for ... read more
BuffaloStaple
79
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
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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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