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Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

veckatimest2Look, I know you probably don’t need my review of this album.  On the other hand, I don’t care, and feel like I need to discuss this, so you’re stuck with me.  Most of you already know what you’re going to get out of Grizzly Bear.  In the off chance that you’ve been living in a hole that doesn’t get exposed to good music, or maybe you’ve been putting off getting this, wait no longer.

Sure this is more expertly crafted pop music, but there just seems to be something extra.  Veckatimest makes you feel like you’re sitting in on everything coming together for these guys.  Listening to this gives me the same feeling I got when I first listened to Oh Inverted World by The Shins.  It’s that almost undefinable feeling that you’re listening to something that’s going to define a certain band…if that makes any sense at all.

The best thing about the whole album is from open to finish it sounds fresh and at the same time familiar and comfortable.  Like any other great album it is a band taking ownership of a sound or sounds and putting their stamp on it.  From the soaring, and at the same time, intimate opener Southern Point you are welcomed in.  You get that feeling that Edward Droste and Co. are singing just to you.  Moreover they use classic pop melodies, harmonies, progressions and such to lure you in, and then mix you up with odd tempos and understated yet effective production.

All in all it’s a perfect blend of a musician’s album and a pop album.  Get it, get it now.  Listen to it first if you must.

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