Album Review: Grizzly Bear
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

  • Posted by: Don Saas

What defines a successful musical career? Is it maintaining a large and loyal fandom even if that means sticking to what you know as a band and not leaving your comfort zone? Is it pushing yourself to the boundaries of musical expression in the name of art and critical acclaim at the potential cost of a larger fan base? Or is it just the ability to continue doing what you love, critics and consumers be damned? No matter how you slice it, Brooklyn psych-folk outfit Grizzly Bear are continuing their hugely successful career. After the universally beloved Veckatimest, it didn't seem possible for the band to top themselves, but they've somehow done it with the superb Shields -- possibly one of the best albums of the year to date.

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