Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2009 Ratings: #11 / 883
Year End Rank: #2
User Score
Based on 646 ratings
2009 Ratings: #9
Liked by 29 people
Sign In to rate and review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Veckatimest is more song-oriented than its predecessors without sacrificing any experimental tics, making for the band’s most satisfying record yet.

100
The Line of Best Fit

Veckatimest is deep, it’s rich, it’s soulful and on more than enough occasions it’s just good, old-fashioned, spine-shudderingly beautiful.

91
Paste

Veckatimest sounds like the final product of a meticulous and exacting evolutionary process—one that has added depth and color to their swooning chamber pop arrangements, crispness to their intricate rhythms and intensity to their careful performances.

90
Pitchfork

What's perhaps the most remarkable thing about the truly remarkable Veckatimest, however, is how very exciting much of it is; no small feat for a painstaking chamber-pop record that never once veers above the middle tempo.

90
Drowned in Sound

By cutting themselves off from a hurry-everywhere-and-everything society, Grizzly Bear have successfully realised their most rewarding record yet, and the first to truly feature the four in perfect harmony.

90
musicOMH

Ambitious yet restrained, elegant yet exciting, Veckatimest is an endlessly-rewarding album which seems destined to vie with Animal Collective‘s Merriweather Post Pavilion for the title of the year’s best.

90
PopMatters

The band has swapped out the six-minute epics of Yellow House for a greater number of shorter works, packed with just as many concepts but integrated with more skill and with more respect for the pieces as holistic edifices containing a single incredible idea at each of their centers.

90
No Ripcord

The first two songs are the most accessible work Grizzly Bear’s ever done, and those tracks alone are enough to make Veckatimest worth several listens. Most of this album, though, is going to take way more effort to get into.

90
Consequence of Sound

This is pop music at its finest ... here, in its grandiosity, Grizzly Bear has found a perfect balance and created an album well worth investing in.

90
Sputnikmusic

This album envelops Grizzly Bear’s focus and their specific ideation. Realize that Veckatimest will not be a wild ride, but simply a remarkable listen that exceeds all expectations. 

90
Under The Radar

Veckatimest is a sonic artifact that feels utterly dislocated, existing in an enigmatic world where time and distance are merely memories, and an unsurpassable aesthetic of love and loss reigns supreme.

90
The Fly

‘Veckatimest’ is a myriad tapestry based on simple influences; that’s what makes it so compelling.

90
Clash

‘Veckatimest’ is not only the highest water mark in its makers’ careers to date, but also perhaps the finest record of its kind released so far this year.

89
Pretty Much Amazing

Veckatimest isn’t a good album. It’s a beautiful album. Unhurried and effortlessly, Grizzly Bear finds a balance in which detachment and patience mix to sound worldly and wise.

86
Coke Machine Glow

It’s a sophisticated work, delicately and meticulously crafted, and its effete pleasantness lends itself as well to Late Night performances as New Yorker coverage.

85
Beats Per Minute

Everything on Veckatimest, from the loftiest harmony to the subtlest string pluck, serves a purpose, even if there’s room for a little more.

83
Entertainment Weekly

The swirling gypsy dazzle of ”Southern Point” and ”Two Weeks,” with its lush Beach Boy melodies and jaunty piano jangle, are intoxicating. If the less immediate second half brings diminishing returns, the early glow still lingers.

80
AllMusic

Nearly every song feels like the musical equivalent of a big meal: there's lots to digest, and coming back for second (and thirds, and more) is necessary.

80
Spin

Even as they feature orchestras, women’s choirs, and Beach House singer Victoria Legrand on Veckatimest, the album is still an intimate, ascetic affair.

80
The Skinny

Grizzly Bear could have rested on their laurels and still brought in the plaudits, Veckatimest is a bold step forward that should finally turn those sitting on the fence while exceeding the expectations of those already converted.

80
Slant Magazine

The album dips and tips and ultimately soars as a result, Rossen and company having turned near-disaster into sonic triumph.

80
Uncut

While I’m not sure Veckatimest is the huge improvement on Yellow House that some blogs claim it to be, it’s unquestionably a lovely record and it deserves to be heard on land, sea, indoors and out.

80
NOW Magazine

Ambitious, brooding and cerebral, Veckatimest grows on you with each listen, bathing you in choirboy vocal harmonies, softly swished drums, laid-back psychedelic guitar patterns and questioning lyrics that focus on difficult negotiations with a loved one.

80
The Guardian

The musical emphasis subtly shifts, from track to track and within tracks ... to create something that feels rather greater than the sum of its parts.

70
Rolling Stone

The third disc from this Brooklyn quartet has a sound that is completely its own: an opulent, intimate rumble built on churning acoustic riffs, haunted croons and precise string parts.

65
FACT Magazine

Their carefully orchestrated, almost minimalist chamber-pop sound is as pretty as ever, but the whole seems to sag when it should be soaring: weighed down by the scantly deserved ennui of the lyrics and the minor-key shifts that buttress them.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

A piece of art that had too much pressure ascribed to it, that found its creators trying too hard to make a masterpiece when they could have followed a more natural progression.

Flamingooooo
NR
This album is a definition of being „mediocre”
Nothing really stands out here and the compositions are dull and uninterseting. There is hardly a strong moment throughout all these 50 minutes. For real. But let me just say that. Experimental music is usually great, I say "usually" because there is one important condition to meet. It is important to create good melodies at the same time, melodies which will allow to find oneself in the chaos of squalid compositions, ... read more
JacksonLerner
98
it’s constructed so vast, spatially, that ever bar, every measure, every note is continuously shifting the shape of the song.

“southern point” i haven’t any words for: 100

“two weeks” sounds from the 2980s. it reminds me of the ‘come on Eileen’ dance scene in the perks of being a wallflower movie.
JayCrackers
83
An essential listen in the 2000's Indie Psychedelic folk scene mainly due to the massive hit which is Two Weeks which skyrocketed Grizzly Bear into a well beloved and recognizable name and although most of the songs are great on Veckatimest i find myself not enjoying it more than i could do it filling quite messy but I won't deny the lush soundscape and the vocal performance of Daniel Rossan are top notch.

Track Review

Southern Point 8/10
Two Weeks 10/10
All We Ask 8.5/10.
Fine for Now ... read more
90
Thanks to the pair of songwriting masterminds that are Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, flawless production and bass work from Chris Taylor, and consistently intricate and complex drumming from Christopher Bear, Veckatimest still holds up as one of the quintessential indie rock albums of the 2000's. The amazing blend of progressive song structures, folky acoustic guitars and psychedelic aesthetics that Grizzly Bear give us on this record is nothing short of outstanding, with classic tracks such as ... read more
usedtobe
85
Revisiting this album seven years later since its release, I'm pretty convinced it's a modern masterpiece.
Purchasing Veckatimest from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?