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.