You Belong There

Daniel Rossen - You Belong There
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Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #50 / 340
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Based on 352 ratings
2022 Ratings: #21
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Grizzly Bear man’s debut solo album delivers architecturally grand music, both opulent and labyrinthine, registering as a genuinely transporting, multi-dimensional song cycle.

You Belong There is an album rich in moments of beauty and wisdom, even as it confesses that there are no easy answers.

Loud and Quiet

Riveting, fascinating, and compelling, You Belong There lingers in the listener’s ears and mind for a long time, asking to be played again at full volume, filling the space and the room, to wholly embrace the audience, making them believe that they belong there, too.

Spectrum Culture

Nothing here sounds like what Grizzly Bear used to do. The multi-instrumentalist almost single-handedly manages to sound like a chamber orchestra, making each instrument a vital organ.


This debut solo album is as ornate as 2009's outstanding Veckatimest, with Rossen now playing almost all the buccaneering acoustic guitars, cascading piano lines, cellos and woodwind himself.

Under The Radar
By framing the process of personal evolution as an enriching undertaking in its own right, Rossen has made a work that rewards you further with each repeat listen.
With this album, he's challenged himself to make something so personal and ambitious that it finds an audience precisely because it's so extraordinary. It's a challenge that anyone who's been a fan of his music in any incarnation should accept.

Daniel Rossen, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist from Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, releases his sublime debut solo album You Belong There.

The Needle Drop

Daniel Rossen's solo debut stands taller than many Grizzly Bear albums, which is saying something.

Record Collector

With themes of adult responsibility and parenthood bearing heavily on his mind, it might sound solemn in places, but it’s a hugely rewarding listen, a baroque-folk companion to the gorgeous undulating mysteries of Rock Bottom.

With intricate guitar playing, vulnerable songwriting, and a surprising turn toward free-jazz exploration, the Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist reintroduces himself on his full-length solo debut.
Beats Per Minute

Rossen’s work has traditionally taken on a depressive nature due to his solemn vocals, but with You Belong There he sounds more discouraged than before. The beaten down penultimate track “The Last One” finds him quivering, talking about dying alone and passing along his visions.

Definitely an acquired taste for those who Grizzly Bear’s less immediate side already ticks multiple boxes, but for those it’s surely a win.
Though masterfully self-affirming as a whole body of work, the bookending ‘Repeat The Pattern’ could arguably be 'You Belong There’s defining moment; its pensive, near-mystical intent representative of Rossen’s handcrafted sonic odyssey coming full circle, while leaving an open space for wherever the craftsman may journey next.

In life, everything comes to an end, and the adventure of Grizzly Bear has seemed to follow this same fate as the New York indie folk band has gone on hiatus over these past two years. The time is ripe, then, for Daniel Rossen to really take off on his own after more than 15 years in the band, and his first solo album, You Belong There, is of exceptional quality.

Crafted in isolation during the pandemic, in the middle of New Mexico, Daniel Rossen faced only himself and had the time and space ... read more


From the first strum of It’s A Passage you’re met with articulate folk guitar drama enriched by synthy strings and then drums and percussion move things forward, when the vocals arrive searching Daniel Rossen delivers a graceful and transcendent tone of a bygone era.

The pitter-patter of a shuffle has a romantic feel with beautiful harmonies in the bridge and swift dynamics shift gear sharply between musical motifs on Shadow In The Frame and even brass sounds sneak there way in to ... read more


As far as Daniel Rossen's work goes I'm very much unfamiliar with it, I haven't even heard any Grizzly Bear albums yet but 'You Belong Here' is his first solo endeavour and I must say that I was impressed by what he did on here. It did take me a few listens to fully appreciate what Daniel presented on this project and I'm very glad that I took my time with this thing because with repeated listens it's all the more stellar. 'You Belong Here' is an often breath-taking display of great Folk music ... read more


Daniel Rossen is a millennial hipster indie folk mogul. He’s previously sung, played guitar, banjo, and keys for great 00’s indie bands Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles. You Belong There is Daniel Rossen’s debut solo album, and he’s previously released an EP, Silent Hour / Golden Mile, in 2012. You Belong There is similar to Daniel Rossen’s past works in that it’s a pretty and psychedelic contemporary folk album. It’s a great album to relax to and ... read more


Beautiful production, intricate arrangements, adventurous song structures, and tactful instrumentation on each track. I'm a sucker for this. Some might mistake this for a small affair, but there was some ambitious work done behind the scenes to make this album happen. I'm impressed and surprised.


Has an odd 70's songwriter vibe going…all jangly guitar and warbly voice

Standouts: Shadow in the Frame, Unpeopled Space, Tangle, Keeper and Kin

Dropouts: none

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Added on: January 20, 2022