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Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear

2009

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Veckatimest

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3.17

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“Veckatimest” by Grizzly Bear (2009) I’ve never listened to this album nor heard of this group. Marked by rhythmic intricacy, instrumental complexity, innovative chord structures, and elaborate vocal arrangements, this album is very well conceived, composed, and performed. It defies genre (one of the requisite elements of what makes a classic). Only time will tell. The sonic landscape is endlessly diverting. The genius here is in the ability to compose and effectively perform an extraordinary range of chords and instrumental sounds without sounding random. Bass player Chris Taylor consistently accomplishes two things in this album: First, he ties together the rhythms from the percussion to the rest of the composition. And second, he provides a steady tonal grounding so the listener doesn’t get lost in what could be chaotic chord development. These compositions are experimental without being arbitrary and aimless. The music is well integrated within each song. It would take several listens to assess whether this integration extends to the entire album. I think I’ll give a whirl. Guitar, keyboards, and percussion flourishes are all performed with precision, with controlled pitch and tone—not an easy feat with this elaborate compositional structure. These guys have real talent, both at the ‘drawing board’ and in the studio. The lyrics, however, are underwhelming. On this album, words mainly serve to convey a semblance of vague meaning to the music. But it’s not necessary. I’d like to hear a symphony composed by this group (followed up by an a cappella compilation, because their voices are that good). Vocally, they intuit the chords (some of which it sounds like they invented). These vocal arrangements are evocative of David Crosby. It’s probably a mistake to refer to “vocal arrangement” because the vocal sounds are not put together to support a lyric melody. They actually become an instrumental group within a symphonic orchestra. Lyrics stress themes of returning to a beloved locale, with reflections on settings space and time. Abstract, but never jarring, clunky or trite. Listen to the predominance of major seventh chords on “Southern Point”. This is like the best of progressive jazz. “Cheerleader” is compositionally spare, but rich in instrumental variety, with very effective use of the Brooklyn Youth Choir as background coloring. Bear on drums gives an entrancing performance here. The second track, “Two Weeks” settles back into a relatively standard chord structure, allowing the lister to better assess individual compositional contributions and performances, which are excellent. Vocally, they sound like a jazzy Beach Boys. Whatever they lack in individual vocal virtuosity, they more than make up with their ability to ‘hear’ with their voices. “I Live with You” has influences from David Bowie and Harry Nilsson. Another brilliant incorporation of the Brooklyn Youth Choir. Percussionist Chris Bear displays a superior ability to move from one rhythmic setting to another flawlessly, rising above the standard task of merely keeping a groove to the achievement of becoming an essential component of the compositional effort. I’ve listened to and rated 26 albums on this list. “Veckatimest” is the first one I’ve decided to buy. Grizzly Bear does for contemporary music what Arnold Schoenberg did for symphonic music. Many will hate this music. The rest of us want to stay young. 5/5

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It’s like a cool niche restaurant; scene, decor, theme, but food is just not my taste and now I just want Whataburger.

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What a surprise that Veckatimest showed up here! I would have never imagined that Grizzly Bear would appear, but I'm glad they did and I sure agree that this album deserves it. I learned about GB at my first Bonnaroo the year this album hit the scene, and have stayed close to them since. Their incomparable rhythms has been a breath of fresh air even for indie music. The depth of Veckatimest is rich with diverse, playful and haunting sounds and harmonies that really capture something unspoken,...an internal experience that includes feelings of sadness, anxiety and transition, but ultimately, for me, wraps around me like a warm blanket of affirmation, hope and love. Veckamist represents a day in my life, with all of the variations of heart rates, emotions, and thoughts. The balance of Droste's & Rossen's vocals touch different personal nerves, and the band's instrumentation truly is riveting. Seeing them live in a venue that can adequately reflect the beauty of their off tempo songs with the congruency of their light show, is something I'll never forget. Smooth and melodic, striking and penetrating, Veckamist as an LP is a strong reminder to the world that art follows no protocol and that it cannot be contained.

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Not great but better than stupid Lorde

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A welcome challenge, having always avoided Grizzly Bear because being sick is funny but it's important not to overdo it. Turns out this isn't the assault on my digestive tract I feared; just a competent--nay, *perfectly* competent--Laurel Canyon folk-rock revival. Don't get me wrong, it's cutesy-poo all right--Dory is gross, and please spare yourself the horror of never being able to unsee their Spotify profile photos--but its eminent hummability, harmonic tricksiness and did I mention competence is undeniable.

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Why people hate hipsters.

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Why does this sort of twee, folky, indie "rock" always have to overstay its welcome? This album was over 3 songs in but for some reason felt the need to punish me for a further 9 songs and 45min. Nothing but padded drums, banjos and meaningless waify vocals. If it had been around the 30min mark (and not 55) I might have even given it a 3 just for having some self-awareness. Also, why is the softest thing ever named after an animal renowned for ripping your fucking face off? Is that part of the gag? Thanks, hipsters. HAR HAR. 2/5.

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Not really grizzly bears more like a group of pretentious winnie the pooh voice bears singing intentionally awkward harmonies while playing their instruments half asleep. Way too many vocal overdubs and production sounds like a vat of goop that's been cooking on the stove for days.

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Il est vrai que j'étais rapidement parti pour donner cinq étoiles à cet album. Ce qui m'a fait changer d'avis, c'est qu'à compter de la quatrième piste, le chanteur du groupe s'écrie après le deuxième refrain ♫ tu pourras nous mettre cinq étoiles demain stp ?♫. Même chose à la septième piste lorsqu'il déclare ♫ c'est bon tu vas mettre cinq étoiles demain ou pas ? ♫ La goutte d'eau étant l'outro quand il me menace de la façon suivante : ♫ t'as pas intérêt à mettre quatre étoiles toi ♫. Vraiment dommage.

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This is pleasant enough stuff. But I really don't know what it's doing on a list of the 1001 greatest albums of all time.

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6/10

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It had some depth and I enjoyed it. would have liked to have first heard this when I was younger

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Had heard Two Weeks before. Tidy, little bit easy listening.

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Two weeks is amazing, but after this song the album takes a turn and takes a more sedated approach (still good tho). I wish 'While You Wait for the Others' had the same energy as two weeks but what are you gonna drink about it.

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It all kinda sounds the same but it was still enjoyable. Great for sleeping or background music.

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I was so tempted to give it 2 stars after two thirds through as I really only liked Two Weeks up till then. A couple more were ok but the rest were pretty boring for me. It was mainly the slower ones that belong as part of a nice soundtrack to an indie film, but forgettable afterwards. The final three song stretch made this album worth listening for me and bumped it up a bit. It was because it was louder, darker and more intriguing than the rest. Its not for me as a whole, but do like some of its parts a lot.

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This is just the average of every indie rock album I've heard. Not bad, just didn't stand out. It was cool to hear the original song 'two weeks' since I've heard the sample so many times, but that's all.

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I listened to this when it came out 12 years ago, and forgot about it until today. That will probably happen again.

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Started well but quickly descended into very average, non descript indie. Most tracks were overly long with nothing to hold the interest. A shame.

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Pretty okay, isn’t it? Lots of nice bits, lovely voices, pleasant instrumentation and melodies. A good example of its type. And therein lies the rub; its type can be a bit sort of fine unless it’s absolutely sublime (ie, Sufjan)

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A few bright spots in an otherwise long album. Each song really feels like it could've chopped at least a minute off of it, sometimes more. Very sleepy, sedate. Favorite tracks: "While You Wait for The Others", "Fine For Now"

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Man, I just did not like this album. I think I'm just not really a fan of indie rock in general. "Two Weeks" is solid. The rest of it? I think I could have died without hearing it. Glad I heard "Two Weeks" though.

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Most of us are familiar with the song "Two Weeks", which to me sounds like what you'd hear as soon as you step foot into Urban Outfitters. The rest of these songs, while nice, are pretty underwhelming. I can't get into it. I think it's just a bit too soft for my taste. I didn't hate it, though.

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Strong start but too depressing

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It's going on 10 years since I listened to Grizzly Bear, so when Veckatimest showed up as AOTD, I felt immediately nostalgic for my early 20s law school days. Shields had come out during my last year of law school, and my roommate and I were fans of GB, so Veckatimest and Shields (and even Yellow House) were on heavy rotation at our place. Even the album cover really brings me back to simpler days of day drinking and playing Halo. That's all just window dressing, though--the things I felt before I actually listened to the album. I busted out my good headphones for this one, and I was genuinely excited for it. At this point, I'm 45 minutes in, and honestly, it sucks. Everything was set up for me to love it, and it fucking sucks. Songs I remember fondly--Two Weeks and Ready, Able--just sound like moaning and mandolins. I fucking hate this wussbag shit. So what changed? I've spent most of the back half thinking about the change in my views on this album and more broadly changes to people in general. Was there a point of inflection before which I liked GB and after which I didn't? Or is it more of a Ship of Theseus accretion of sensory experience where I gradually withdrew from this whining bullshit? Are the changes in us discrete or do we change with every breath we take? I don't think I know. Maybe they aren't mutually exclusive. Maybe it's different for everyone. What I do know, however, is that as the person I am today, this music is trash.

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I just don't get this kind of plodding, lowest common denominator stuff. No ambition, no real craft, just a few wonky instruments, fey warbling as a stand in for an emotional core and quite a few tracks that veer into stomp-clap-hey territory. I didn't buy it then, and I don't buy it now.

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One good ish song two weeks

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omg, WHAT A CRAP

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5

Really good album. I think when I first got into this, it took a few listens.

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9/8/20. great album, love it. would listen again!

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5

Perfect album

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5

indie tranqui

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5

Really liked this album. Indie vibes and never heard of it/this band before. Great harmonies and rhythms.

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5

An all time classic album. Indie to the core and really instrumental

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I didn’t give this a chance when it came out. But it’s incredible. Like a pop fleet foxes.

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5

Shocked that I haven't heard of this album, it is so good. Love the rhythms and the first two tracks are superb.

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5

Pretty good!

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Missed this when it came out, which surprises me now because it has the same dreaminess I enjoyed in Z from my morning jacket

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5

I had never heard of this band and was delighted by their sonic landscapes and playful textures. Every moment was enjoyable.

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5

Love this

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5

Adding to the rotation, love!

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5

Sounds like 2011

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Very surprised to see this on the list and to know how many years ago it was released.

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Очень утешает

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Southern point, Two weeks, Fine for now, Ready,able,

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Grizzly Bear is a band that I already knew (slightly) through their album Shields that I listened to a few years back. I liked the album but it was part of a bunch of albums that I was in the middle of checking out and for some reason I never delved deeper into their music. I'm regretting that now. This album's instrumentation and the way that the songs were structured really blew me away, especially on the first track. They have a very unique sound that's all their own and I don't think there was a track on here that I didn't like.

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I loved this album when I first heard it. Then my ear hooked onto something else, and I parked GB until Painted Ruins was released several years later. Painted Ruins was joyous and reminded me just how unique GB were and why I fell in love with them first time around. This is such a beautifully crafted record, with wonderful harmonisation, layering of instruments and voices, and surprising dynamic ranges. Blissful Best tracks: Southern Point Two Weeks Ready, Able

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Гармонично сочетается полунизкий вокал исполнителя с более высокой аранжировкой. Расслабляющая музыка, но если ускорить в 1,5 раза звучит энергичнее. Альбом хорош для поездок. Отчего-то сюжетируется Fireman и как я там катаюсь на велосипеде в наушниках :)

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Beautifully crafted pop album that is hard to categorize or describe. I listened a third time to fully appreciate the exquisite depth of the record. Excellent album!

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One of my faves of all time. The first album of the four I've reviewed that I was a big fan of prior to...such a rock solid album all the way through, really happy that it's on this list! Ready, Able is my favorite track.

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Huge fan! Nothing more to say, was a great album to listen to. Bopped along happily all morning.

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Also das ist jetzt mal wieder eine ganz eindeutige Perle. So macht man ein Album!

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Interessant und gut. Sollte man öfters hören.

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5

So much more than Two Weeks

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Really enjoyed this album. I was going into it expecting indie pop like Two Weeks, but I was surprised by how complex it ended up being. It doesn't follow the typical indie trends, especially at the time of its release, and experiments with time signatures, dissonance, complex meters, harmonies, guitar phrasing and traditional song structure. Fine For Now had me nerding-out trying to follow all of the changes. It's still an indie rock album at it's core and not the most experimental thing I've ever heard, but I loved hearing the risks it took in this genre. Favourite Tracks: Two Weeks, Fine For Now, While You Wait for the Others

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5

Easy listening, harmonies, Indy rock, alt pop meet on an excellent and exciting album

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dude this is such a cool album the whole execution is perfect and every song is a 10/10 like after I finished the last song I sat for like a minute in silence waiting for the next banger of a song to come and it never did, shit was lowkey sad I restarted that album with no hesitation and it’s even better the second time yeah this album is just too good to rate, please listen to this i’m gonna go listen to the rest of their work now

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did not expect to like it

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Very different from what I expected The first song immediately captured me with its rich sound and Pink-Floydesque production Some hints of post-rock, nice synth sound in "Fine for Now" Very interesting vocal sound on "Dory" "I Live with You" has another great intro

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I thumbed up the album within 10 seconds. All of it wasn't as good as the first 10 seconds, but wow, those first ten seconds...

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Not in my edition of the book! 5 stars Came cold to this, hadn't heard of the band or the album. Surprisingly good indie-pop. All sorts of good echoes/influences in here - late 60s Beach Boys, Radiohead. On the replay list.

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I fell in love with this album not too long after its release. Beautiful, haunting melodies and what complimentary vocals between the band members, leading to some great harmonies. Christopher Bear's percussion is tight, often propulsive, and alluring and Chris Taylor's bass is a great current, unifying these tracks. For me, this one's a classic.

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5

One of the best

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5

Cool chill wave music.

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nice

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Enjoyed this quite a lot!

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4

Godt album og meget originalt. Kræver nok lige et genlyt mere. Men masser af fedt musik. Lidt kashmir agtig

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4

-Easy to listen to -Vocals jarring at first but got used to them fairly quickly. -Just a chill record

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4

Pretty good stuff.

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Trippy und gut

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4

Love Two Weeksl, but I wasn't quite as wowed by the rest as I'd hoped. Not bad, just not 5 stars.

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4

Angry I didn't listen to this in full sooner. Brimming with a melancholic energy that permeates the entire LP. The arrangements are dense but discernible, and the shifting natures of the track means there's never a dull moment.

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4

Good album. Maybe I'm a little over this sound, but its pleasantly nostalgic for me.

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I knew a few of these songs. It's not always my jam but when it works it's nice. I can respect that these are pop-indie-rock songs but there is a bit of nuance to them, some interesting structures/tempo changes. 3.5 up to 4.

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4

Nice, worth double check

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4

Quite enjoyable. These guys are cool.

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4

I already had "Two Weeks" liked at this point, this album is really a throwback, but still pretty good. I give it a 4 so far. It starts out strong but becomes background noise.

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4

Really enjoyed this, very much an indie, garage sound.

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4

Nice mixture from pop and rock, kind of Britpop

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4

Pretty good chill indie rock. The sort of thing to throw on in the background and not really pay much attention to.

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4

Very enjoyable and different. I hear a mix of fleet foxes, steely Dan, and my morning jacket. Beautiful music.

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4

Some cool sounds but kinda slow and not something I plan to go back to often. 7

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I think Southern Point is the first indie rock album opener I have liked in about forever. AH! I remember Two Weeks taking over the world for a hot second. This album has groove, though its a late 2000s indie album. Yea this album was cool.

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4

Alternative rock at its most intrigant... the textures, that voice, obscure melodies... not easy, but you never get tired of it

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7/10, sounds nice enough, but kinda boring. Mumbley lyrics. I got it into my head that he kept starting lines in Cheerleader with "I shitted" and while logic tells me that it is probably "I shouldn't", I couldn't really unhear it. Would be pushing a 6 if I wasn't pretty sure I heard a frog in the background of "I live with you" for like 3 seconds.

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4

Oh quite good! Fell off a bit toward the end but fun musical bits and the vocals just sounded nice. 8/10

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4

I really loved the start and end of this. the middle section was very muddled/low energy but still decent as background music. I could see myself putting this on again, 7/10

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4

Just lovely, great songs and lovely production

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4

I loved this record when it came out, so many years ago. The low-fi, shoe gazing vibe was perfect for that summer. For fans of ethereal, well played pop music, this is a must for any list.

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4

good car music

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4

Easily my favorite album so far - an easy listen, yet also challenging and genrebending. Somehow a punk rock version of fleet foxes. I'm saving this one

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4

Excellent one of my favorites

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4

Great album, I really dig the indie rock, multiple vocal harmony, reverberated drum and guitar sounds of Grizzly Bear. Of course, I might be a little bit biased, as I have been fan of Grizzly Bear for a long time, but this is some of their best work. Bangers, such as Two Weeks and While you wait for the others make this aloe worth a listen, but the rest of the songs definitely do not feel like filler.

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4

ate this up at the time, very good but a smidge miserable

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4

A modern classic.

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4

Happy that Pete implored me to listen again after my initial review on Saturday. It's certainly a grower that capably invokes a melancholic feeling.

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4

Super excited to revisit this album, used to love it when it came out.

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4

really enjoyed this

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4

Really good! Kinda reminded me of fleet foxes a little bit

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4

This was a really good, calm, and soothing experimental album by the Grizzly Bear. It didn't completely suck me in, but it is something I'll definitely listen to again.

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4

Wonderful. Some of the songs I didn’t realize where from this album. Surprisingly pop-ey in places.

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4

Just within the first minute+ of their first song "Southern Point" you start to get an idea that this isn't going to be easily-categorized. Acoustically-driven "pop" music but with unresolving and unpredictable chord structures punctuated with smooth yet mysterious vocals with lush harmonies... If it sounds like this could be a review of some late-60s folk act, we need to add in just the right dose of synths and looping technology to bring this into the 21st century. Could Grizzly Bear be the CSN for a modern age? (Veckatimest 2009 = Deja Vu 1971?) I was given a copy of this album when it was first released and I don't think gave it the proper settling-in period. To me I needed a return and even then a few successive listens to really get hold of what the band is doing - these are much more complex tunes than you might assume if you have this album on as merely background music. The creative twists and turns in what starts out as a simple piano melody in "Two Weeks" are unexpected and distinguish this band from others. I enjoy the first half more than the second, which still retains that lovely-yet-mysterious sound but many of the songs seem to lumber a bit and ironically may seem to work better as background music (notable exception: "While You Wait For The Others") - TL;DR: would have liked some more up-tempo songs on "Side 2" but overall, more details are revealed upon each listen - recommended and (but?) especially for repeat plays. 7/10 4 stars

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4

An elusive and haunting curiosity. An album to return to. Intriguing.

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4

Pleasantly surprised! Recognised the song “two weeks” from an advert. Very Maccabee vibes.

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4

Despite all the hype this album has received over the years, I’ve somehow gone 12 years without listening to it. Outside of “Two Weeks,” which I’ve heard in countless commercials and grocery stores, this album is pretty different than I was expecting. I like it quite a bit, though probably not as much as I would have had I discovered it at a younger age. Hints of Beach Boys and Radiohead but, like, in a vaguely folky, chamber pop vein. This album got me thinking about a slight tangent…between like 2008-2012 I was so into discovering 90s emo/indie rock bands and emo revival/DIY scene stuff that I missed most of the somewhat more mainstream indie rock stuff that was more popular with most people in my generation. Like Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Wye Oak, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, etc. It’s kinda interesting to me that most of the music I associate with that time period was like 10+ years old at the time.

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4

Really interesting and mind bending indie rock album. Pros for the instrumental arrangements and mixing, the song writing is also pretty top notch. It’s a very good album overall, but it drags in some places cause some songs tend to overstay their welcome occasionally. Still very good- will definitely be listening to again! Almost 5 stars

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4

What a lovely album

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4

A very pleasing listening experience. This indie folk record contains a whole lot of contrasting moments in them from a tonal perspective, but it all fits into a beautiful conglomerate of zen from start to finish. I find myself of Ed Droste's voice over Daniel Rossen, but I find it super interesting how they share the lead vocal role. It's something you rarely see in bands today. Favorite Song: Two Weeks Least Favorite: Hold Still

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4

Nice, chilled indie. Never heard of these guys. Loved this, will replay and check out their other stuff.

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I don’t really know what to say about this one, but I liked it. The whole time I thought this band was a solo project from one of those Animal Collective dudes, but Wikipedia confirms that I know nothing about this whole period of indie rock because I was too busy listening to Mastodon.

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4

True fact - I have wanted to listen to this album in full for almost a decade, but never got around to it. I am glad I finally got to take a listen. Totally worth it, totally up my alley. A few duds here and there so it's not quite a 5, though.

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4

I like this. It's a bit weird, but not too weird, which is just the right amount of weird. There lots of interesting instrumentation and sounds going on here, which pique the interest individually and also combine well to become integral components of each track. A really nice vibe to this album, and some really nice harmonies. Elements remind me of the Flaming Lips, Mull Historical Society, the Byrds and Coldplay. 3.5/5.

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4

Interesting musicality. A lot of fun changes throughout. Not my favorite singer (guy) but some interesting layering and whatnot. Very full, electric instrumentation (more folk-rock than folk) so not a ton that I think I would want use as inspiration for my folk project.

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4

I think that this was good, but it’s been a little bit.

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4

Interesting for sure. Was not including in my 2018 version of the book, but I listened anyway. I kind of liked it. 3.5/5, but rounding up to a 4.

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4

I really enjoyed this album, but I feel it will take a lot of listens to sink in (and I'm about a week behind, so I need to move on!). I'm giving this a 4 mainly because none of it is "sticking with me" but I really enjoyed everything I heard, from the first notes. Interesting to note that this is from the 2011 edition of the book. I have the 2018 edition and this is the first album generated that has been removed from the 1001 albums. Not sure if it's something I had to hear before I die, but I enjoyed it.

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4

It's pretty much perfect at what it is, the whole thing sounds exactly right all the way through. Maybe not enough individual highlights for a 5

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4

This is good. It's got some YES, some Radiohead, some Chad Vangaalen. Pretty pretty pretttttaaaay good

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4

Top picks: Two Weeks and Fine For Now. Really liked this one, reminded me of Glass Animals with slightly less production value. Vocal harmonies in particular were gorgeous. 4 stars for sure

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4

First time Iv heard of this band and album. Love the great chill out but complex sound. An album I would put on again.

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4

Good vibes

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4

Creative and complex layered compositions. Absolutely loved the first two tracks. Ready, Able. While you Wait for the Others.

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4

Mooooolto interessante. 'All we ask' mi piace molto. Rilassante, riesce a colpire certe corde e instillare il mood giusto.

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4

I liked this and would definitely listen again!

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4

Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Very listen-to-able, unchallenging and emerging at a time this sort of music wasn't The Thing gets this a reasonable, better-than-average 4 stars.

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This album was an pleasant surprise. Good vines 4/5

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Niice

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A blast from the world of middle school for me. I got a little more out of it this time, maybe.

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first listen quirky psychedelic folk/pop

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Muy bueno

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AH I totally loved this. It reminds me of Philippa and Craddock around aged 19 as I think they introduced me to Grizzly Bear. Really enjoyed All We Ask the most I'd say, love the way it built up. Reminded me of Bowie glamour. Will listen to this again fo sure!

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I love Grizzly Bear! Exciting for this to pop up. There are some bangers (Two Weeks, Ready, Able) and the overall sound is very nostalgic also it's definitely a sound I'm into. I LOVE the combination of contemporary classical and indie rock music, it is so original and beautiful and has heavily influenced a lot of the bands I got super into in the 2010s. I just can't quite put my finger on why some of their songs seem more mushy to me, less stand-out and exciting and more nice and pretty. I want to go 7/10 but I do want this high up in my stats so I'm going 4 instead of 3 haha!

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This contains one of my favourite songs of recent times - Two Weeks, which is the soul of the Beach Boys transported to the modern day. The rest of the album has a high bar to reach... It is very nice. It feels like one I'm going to want to hear a few times and let it build on me, but I'm excited to do that for it. It's dense, but a warm hug of an album.

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Lovely album. I was a fan before this record and bought it shortly after it came out. Still love it!

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Ok wow this might be the best indie music ive heard. i didnt fully digest it on first listen so i definitely need to return to this one, it has serious potential to grow on me

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Rich layerz like Shrek

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De va hard!!

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Amazing

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They really shouldn't be called Grizzly Bear playing music like this. Bear Cub instead maybe? Anywho, the album is a cracker. It is not hard rock by the way, the band name may have misled you.

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A cool summer breeze

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Muito bom.

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No los conocía y de ver la portada y la foto me imaginé que iba a ser una hipsterada payasa tipo Sigur Ros, pero resulto gustarme mucho y mientras escribo esto delibero si va a 4 o 5 estrellas. Quizá el cierre del disco o los tracks extra lo tiraron y se nos va a 4. Pero me gusta mucho por las combinaciones originales de instrumentación muy tradicional (piano y guitarra acústica) con cosas sintéticas y sonidos etéreos. Tal vez la voz me llega a cansar.

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There is Pet sounds, there is Sgt. Pepper, and then there is Veckatimest.

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It’s obviously a great album... not sure what is though that just doesn’t excite me!?

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Pretty decent, but outlives its welcome.

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00’er indie rock, multiinstrumentalt, flydende, afslappende, vekslende

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Álbum bem indie anos 2010. Não é ruim, mas é meio básico e não tem muita coisa diferente da maioria da música parecida com essa feita nessa época. É legalzinho, só meio chato.

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So alt.!

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A little to whiney for my taste, but overall a pretty good album.

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The album felt very non traditional for the most part. I listened while working and driving. only one time. I really like Two Weeks, though I think that this could be because I've been exposed to it so often.

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A pretty good indie-folk album with a lot of sleepy instrumentals. Definitely worth the listen but I'm not sure how often I'll be returning to it after this. Stand out songs are two weeks(like duh), dory, and Hold still. I will say this album does seem to blend together to feel like one large song at times.

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I'd heard two weeks a bunch, but the rest didn't grab me

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Pretty alright. Chill album, second song was known and added to playlist. I liked it but it's kinda background music

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I liked two songs, the rest couldn't keep my attention even after multiple listens.

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Got that indie sound of it's era. Ornate. Too pretty for me.

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Cool.

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Not bad. Indie album with some interesting prog feelings. I'd listen a couple more times to try to feel this one out.

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Fav: Two Weeks

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Some great songs but the rest was too esoteric for me

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I like a couple of these songs but the album itself has never really grabbed me. Some of their albums are solid, for me this is not one of them.

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Busy, ornate, and well-produced. Ear-candy indie stuff. Personally, somewhat bloodless and empty in my opinion...it just doesn't stick with me.

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Interesting calm folk music. Didn’t particularly bop tho.

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Strong vibes of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, would be a big fan with many more listens. I can tell that this is a good contemporary-ish indie-ish album with cool and interesting melodies. Kind of like if late Arctic Monkeys and early Weeknd was a single musical being

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Two Weeks er en klasselåt - men resten av albumet får jeg ikke helt fot på... Jeg forsøkte til og med en kopp te - men trenger muligens mer urter for at dette skal ta av.

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Veldig alternativt dette her, ja :) While You Wait For The Others var ålreit.

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Unique Indie sound. A bit too long of an album but they had their own special sound to sell and I enjoyed it.

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Starts off strong then declines. Not bad but pretty boring for most of it.

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Pretty good.

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Nuanced, layered, complex

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I really like grizzly bear and I liked this album. It’s got some tunes in it.

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Nice arrangements, I like the background vocals. The songs aren't punchy or catchy but they grow on you.

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"Go on, let it go, it doesn't mean a thing (I'm cheerleading myself, I shouldn't really matter)" (Cheerleader) Tenía esperanzas en que este disco me gustase pero la verdad es que me ha aburrido un poco.

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I actually kind a like this. It feels very atmosperic. It's vibey. I like it. I reminds me of a more rocky cavetown.

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Solid indie-rock album. But never heard it.

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Mid/Late Noughties indie. Reverb over everything. Best Tracks: Two Weeks, Fine For Now, While You Wait For The Others

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Another ok album on a list of ones that should be unmissable. Not a bad listen though.

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Enjoyable and worthy of a revisit

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It has Two Weeks, but the rest is emotive, interesting, but just a little dull.

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false

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Cet album des Carmelo Grizzlies était portée en haute estime par mon camarade robtüchel. Il est vrai que les Grizzlies ont su faire preuve d'une combativité exemplaire, ne lâchant rien pendant 52mn, mais le resultat final n'est malheureusement pas à la hauteur des attentes, et les Grizzlies repartent avec un bon 3. Mais quelle force mentale auront-ils démontré tout au long de l'album! Une vraie bagarre pour le 4, qui restera pour sûr dans les annales du générateur.

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Banda de indie americana. No me han disgustado.

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Really curious how this got to be on this list. It's not a particularly *great* album but it is very weird and I can't recall ever hearing anything like it so I guess it's got that going for it.

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Great album.. two weeks is on another level though. The foreground is spectacular too.

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Decent Album. A little obscure for my taste

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Esta bueno, me gustó, pero no se si lo volvería a escuchar.

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Está chido, pero empalagoso

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It was nice to have a slightly different genre come up. I can't pick any particular faults with this album, it just didn't feel good enough for anything but an average rating. A pleasant experience though.

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A decent album, nothing too memorable as standout good/bad. A lot of appeal as a good album just a little out of my range of music. 3.5/5

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three

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From the start I thought I'd enjoy this, and overall it's a good listen. Doesn't really have any killer tracks, but filled with gentle rhythms and melodies which kept my interest.

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No denying the ambitiousness of this album and the musicianship is laudible as well as the complex arrangements. They remind me of Steely Dan. Now having said that I've owned this albvum for at least 5 or 6 years and I've listened to it only 5 or 6 times. So something about keeps me at arms length. I'll give 3.5 stars

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Not the most interesting album in the world, kind of felt like an album of Beatles tracks that didn't make the cut, but I enjoyed it enough for 3/5

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Indie

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it was okay. i cant say anything bad about it but it just wasn’t interesting in any way. it was good background noise but i would never go out of my way to listen to it, but nothing made me upset but nothing stood out. completely average in a good way i guess!

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Average indie

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An indie darling that I've never been able to really get into, even with a renewed listen. Points for pushing boundaries, but there's not a lot here to really grab onto. Best track: Ready, Able

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3.5

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This is roughly up my alley. A nice air to it. Rather enjoyed it actually. Could certainly listen to it again. Almost certainly won’t. Slap a big ol 3 sticker on it and let someone else walk it home.

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liked it better today than i did back in 2009

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There wasn't much here that I disliked, but not much that was exciting to me either. The best thing I can say about this album is that it sounds like it was a lot of fun to record - the guitar and synth tones sound very meticulously crafted.

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Two weeks as a standout hit, but not bad all around! Also enjoyed About Face. Could use a bit more variety though.

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Somewhat interesting. Loved the video for 'Ready, Able.' Might give this one another listen sometime. I like the decisions they make - they take some cool turns along the way.

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There were bits that I liked. Iconic? No.

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Un album un peu éclaté pour moi.cependant de bons musiciens et une bonne exécution.3.25

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Boring but ok

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Recognised a few songs from adverts and such. Melodic

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alright, nothing special

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// Favs: – Score: Strong 3 to Light 4

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I dont like so much this type of music ... but it is not bad

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Starts off interesting, plateaus and drops at the end. To the point that I just want it to end. It's decent indie rock, not my style though.

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chill indie experimental vibes 3.5 "Fine for now" intro is a bit logic just ripped and sped up for a song

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I mean, it's fine. Vocals are soft and sweet, fits well with the high-tuned or low-fret guitar playing plus keyboard and other electronica. I did recognize Two Weeks, also fine. There's a trend here. Maybe it's me and I don't appreciate enough new folk or indie rock. But it's no Simon and Garfunkel or CSNY. Perfect to play in the background of a shop in the mall. Or a hipster cafe.

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I thought it was good, but a little too "dreamy." I don't know if it is something I would ever come back to, but I get the appeal, I think. The tone and feel is sparse, but I get what they're going for.

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Interesting. I dig it, mostly. Pretty space-y. Some reminds me of Shaky Graves. Some reminds me of The Life Aquatic.

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Tämä taitaa olla jonkinlainen modernin indien klassikkobändi. Vaikken ole tarkemmin yhtyeen tuotantoon tutustunut, löytyi levyltä ainakin pari tuttua, varsin menevää kappaletta. Kuitenkin varsinkin levyn loppupuoli meni vähän raskaaksi tunnelmoinniksi, joka ei ainakaan tässä mielentilassa toimi yhtään. Levyllä on omat hetkensä, joiden perusteella ymmärrän jollain tavalla suuren suosion hipsteripiireissä. Ehkä nämä meriitit sitten antavat yhtyeelle taiteellisen vapauden täyttää puolet albumista todella keskinkertaisella fiilistelyllä.

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Utuista, unenomaista ja laiskaa tunnelmaa. Ei kuitenkaan ihan yhtä seesteistä kuin Sigur Rosin tuotanto. Jäi vähän hajuton ja mauton fiilis tästä, neutraali kolmonen.

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Wow deze kan ik van Lowlands 2009? lang geleden, fijn album, niet heel outstanding. Misschien moet ik hem nog een x luisteren

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so weird

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Quite a nice indie album. The first few songs are stronger than the rest, however. Furthermore, such an album I'd personally put on as background music whilst doing something else, but it isn't enough for me to take notice of the music itself. Whilst a nice album to listen to, I didn't impress me to a significant extend

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Indie album with a few honorable mention songs. I wish this was a 10 point scale because 3.5 is where it belongs to me.

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A haiku: Some very cool songs, Others are not as special, What’s the name of this? 7/10

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Strong 3, some catchy ones on this

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Pop melancólico con buenas melodías y buena voz. Ningún tema especialmente destacable, pero agradable de escuchar

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A band I'm mostly unfamiliar with. I thought this had a strong start, got kind of bogged down in the middle, but finished very well.

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Easy listening! Made me feel a little sleepy though.

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Already listened to it

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bland indie melancholy. every song is overlong and boring.

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Sonically this sounds like Phil Spector recorded music for goth funerals. It's all slow and ponderous and boomy and gloomy. The instrumentation was complex and interesting, I will say. It's okay as background music, but when my work got a little dull this became a terrible soundtrack - the mournful energy made this a big wet blanket.

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A bit too mellow for my taste. The hit on this album did not match the tone of the rest of the album.

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I like this album but I don't love it.

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That was nice.

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It’s a totally fine modern indie record. Definitely relies on its super catchy single.

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03/28/2022 Classic indie; with really only one great song (Two Weeks, duh). A product of its time already. The back half takes a bit of patience to get through, if only due to how strong the opening few songs are.

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Indie intéressant par moments mais un peu chiant quand même Prefs: Southern Point, Two Weeks, Ready, Able, About Face, While You Wait For the Others Moins pref: Cheerleader

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Interesting for the first 2 songs, then a deep and strange valley with some not-so-good things that made me think what was happening, and finally a calm end with a very beautiful melody. My definition of a 3 stars album. I like to receive things from the 2000s that I didn't know anything about.

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not bad but ive seen better.

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Tense and dramatic, with some quite engaging ideas presented, but very little tunefulness or resolution. Too arty by half.

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It is a good album. Fairly chill with some interesting bits

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Tykkään Grizzly Bearista, mutta Shields on musta tätä parempi levy. 3/5 varsin jees, voisi olla vähemmän pehmeää.

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Tää on ollu mulle aina vähän pettymys, kun Shields on niin kova (5/5). On tässäkin pari loistavaa biisiä, mutta aika paljon vähän teennäistä taiteilua. Tosin Shields on ihan luonnollinen jatkumo tästä.

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Finally an album I don’t have a strong opinion on either way! This was delightfully just okay. I thought I was starting to hate everything (except Talking Heads). I’d never heard of this band but somehow I recognized “Two Weeks.” Not sure how. The songs on this album are a little too slow for me, but I did really like “Foreground.”

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American landfill indie, like The Strokes' younger brothers listened to too much Editors and Doves (and not enough Elbow or Radiohead) before being let loose in a studio to produce their own album. Good, but not great, and not a band I am likely to explore further

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Jäi perjantaina kesken enkä muista mihin jäin eikä kyllä kiinnostakaan

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didnt like didnt sound interesting

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Ehkä pössyissä pääsis tähän maailmaan sisään, mutta konttorirotan taustamusana ei kummoista kokemusta tuottanut.

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Ultimately just too long and not interesting and innovative enough

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Not really my genre.

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Really expected to like this, but it's like the boring parts of Steely Dan and Fleet Foxes had a baby.

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Alternatief

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Me gustó leve.

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No me gustó mucho pero tampoco me disgustó tanto. De esos discos que si no existen no pasa na.

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eh, not for me

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Meh, kinda weird vampire weekend vibes

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Weird, first song nice piano

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Pasable pero sin mucho que ofrecer

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Ga meg veldig lite

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Folk-rock bastante moñas...

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Coneixia un parell de temes del disc, entre ells la seva cançó més coneguda, "Two weeks". Àlbum lisèrgic, amb un punt de psicodèlia i una barreja de influències que van des de Beach boys fins a Radiohead. Massa calmat pel meu gust, acaba esgotant una mica i la segona meitat resulta més feixuga. Tot i així, un disc agradable i amb una producció notable.

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3

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Got bored like Becky but could be my mood today

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not for me

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Ok. Bit boring

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It isn't quite like anything I have heard before. Sighing vocals, very airy and echo-y. Very unconventional song structures. Have to admit, I guess my ear is too unsophisticated for this. It is just too weird.

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sounds nice

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Could be better if a gave it a couple more listens. 2.8/5

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That one song tho...the rest just went by me.

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Not my thing.

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Got about half way through. It's not that it was bad, it's just really not my thing

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26. Vinte. E depois seis. MotA: Two Weeks "Our haven on / The southern point is calling us"

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Nope

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The album is fine but considering all the contemporary albums that didn't make the revised list I think I could've gone without listening to it before I depart. Two Weeks brings me back to the Childish Gambino remix he did

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-Everythinf is mad boring except "I Live With You." That's the only song that actually has any sort of pickup in intensity -The rest are just the same vibe across the entire album, and the singer's style/the mixing make the singing not stand out at all

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I lost patience with this album pretty quickly. just required too much effort to elbow my way past the noodling to find a melody.

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Leiðigjörn plata. Örfá góð lög.

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2/5 booooo

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This music just doesn't make me feel anything. No favorite track

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Eh, starts off hot. Snoozy After 4/10

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too much british pop

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Ganz nett aber bleibt nicht hängen

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Background music

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Lasted three songs

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Twee

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I can see the effort to stand out and to make a statement, but it feels super bland, and the singer’s voice is annoying.

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Meh

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weird.

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For some reason, I liked, but didn't love this album. I appreciated the thick musical orchestrations, but they left me wanting something more. I think I'm going to plan a trip to Cape Cod this summer and try to listen to it there.

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Got a bit sick of it

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Meh. Old sad bastard music.

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Seeing the name of the band hit me with a jolt of nostalgia. I never actually got familiar with the music so here we go. OK. It is fine. Perfect for background music. One song sounded familiar but when I looked it was on a different album, spotify had helpfully found for me.

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Two weeks is good, the rest don't give me enough melody or feeling. Dory gives me feels but in the way it sounds like the vocals are at odds with the instrumentals. It took work not to turn it off.

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This album is no longer in the book.

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Another one of those albums that question how it sits on an essential list. Again it is musically good even if it does meander but nothing stands out. I didn't even realise the album had finished when Spotify decided to autoplay random songs after it had finished.

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Okay

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Just passed by without really touching the sides, there are occasional flashes of something more interesting but it's Fleet Foxes style stuff all the way really.

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Tym razem wylosowalo cos calkiem nie tak starego, bo album z 2k09, bedacy trzecim krazkiem w dyskografii girzzly bearsow, czyli czteroosobowej bandy z nowojorskiego brooklynu, sama plyta to 52 minuty ciezkiego do zgatunkowania materialu na dwunastu kawalkach, bo jak tu doszukiwac sie stylow w indyjskim rokowaniu, ktore laczy w sobie akustyczne brzmienia dziwnych instrumentow, z dorobkiem wspolczesnej techniki produkcji muzyki w celu uzyskania orginalnych brzmien z srednio jakosciowych dzwiekow instrumentali, czy lejerowania wokali ktore jest tak przeruchane na tym krazku jak nigdzie, pierwsze skojarzenia gdzie juz slyszalem podobna muzyke nasuwa sie deerhunter od strony instruemntalnej, natomiast wokalnie bardziej foxygen, zwlaszcza traki pana Drosta, plyta jest podzielona pomiedzy dwoch wokalistow, ktorzy spiewaja roznie, ale na tak samo o niczym, bo jednak najslabszym aspektem plyty sa tak oklepane liryki, niczym z generatora indyjskich tekstow dla ambitnych sluchaczy, nie wiem czemu ale dodatkowo videosy promujace plyte rowniez podtrzymuja wizerunek pseudo artystycznosci zespolu, teraz pasuje zadac pytanie, czy to muzyka uformowala panow w takie artystyczne persony, czy raczej oni uformowali sie zeby pasowac do nurtu indyjskich grajkow wczesnych lat 2k, pytanie bez odpowiedzi, bo raczej nie rzuce sie na zglebianie reszty dyskografii zespolu, pomino tego, ze ta plyta rowniez ma swoje mocniejsze momenty, jak two weeks, ktory zdecydowanie wyroznia sie pod wzgledem instrumentalnym od reszty albumu, co przelozylo sie na ilosc odtworzen, bo jest to hicior nie tylko plyty jak i calej dyskografii zespolu wedlug statystyk spotifaja, a moze to przez wykorzystanie tego instrumentala jako brutalnego sampla u pana gambino, wiec rowniez dodam go na swoja plejke, no i jeszcze takim momentem byl utwor while you wait for the others, ktory natomiast wyroznia sie jakosciowym, jak nigdzie na krazku wokalu, polaczonym z chytrze wykorzystanym wspierajacy wokalem, ktory przez caly czas trwania traka jest gdzies z tylu i czai sie na swoja kolej, polaczone z zaglerka kanalowa moze sie to podobac, w moj gust akurat trafilo

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First time I ever heard of Grizzly Bear. Songs I liked: All We Ask. For now a 2/5, but I think it is better than that.

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Slow so called Indie, boring

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I'd heard a lot about these guys but this album was a real slog to get through. Some nice wee harmonies and that but overall quite dull

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Was ok. Not my favorite album. Bit mathy, bit folky, bit whispery. Not going to rush back to it.

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nae, detta höll inte för mig.

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Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it addition that was removed from the current edition. I have vague memories of disliking the slow, twee single Two Weeks, but upon revisiting it, I kind of like the song now. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is a bland, meandering, dull mess. 2000s indie rock was a really tepid genre of music overall.

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At first I thought it was going to be a burning wreck of folk indie, copy and pasted from other bands from the same era. Imagine my surprise to discover that I was completely fuckin' right. Eat my shorts.

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I don't really get on with American indie. It's always a bit to high pitched and wet. Couple of good tracks but I hope the name grizzly bear is ironic as there is no grizzly going on.

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This is a mostly low key album with few high excitable moments.

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Didn't find much to like in this album. Felt like typical indie-folk music. Could be from a coffee shop or hipster store. Inoffensive and boring.

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I've actually heard the second song before, on a Spotify indie rock playlist. The first couple songs were interesting but the album seemed to quickly lose focus and become boring.

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Ei aivan iskenyt. Jotenkin löysää

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too chill / slow

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This is horrible. Aside from the nasty voice, I can't really even figure out why it's so bad, but the overall effect just makes me screw my face up in annoyance. Droney, boring, it goes nowhere, nasty.

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So boring

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A little droney and immature. The lyrics feel a little try hard... kind of whiney indie bullshit. Yeah. Fuck this album. I hate it.

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I listened to this when I started doing this AOTD thing solo, before the group started, and I hated it. Still hate it. Whining, droning bullshit. Grizzly Bear? More like Grizzly "Spare Me This Fucking Album Sucks."

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Har aldri skjønt greia med Grizzly Bear, tbh. Opphypa-snorkolini-indie-album :man-shrugging:

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Nope

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Zzzzz

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I've heard this before (must have deleted an old mp3 copy), and a lot of other indie folk from the 00s decade. It's not a genre I kept up any interest in. I think I saw this band at a festival, and it was pleasant enough in a field with a beer. However, it hasn't stood up to sober scrutiny now. I find this album extremely boring. The moments of "chamber pop"/"art pop" are occasionally engaging. But most of the album is dreary subdued indie with residual folk flavour. I'm completely happy with quiet and slow music (I love ambient music, for example), but "slow motion indie" is a terrible concept. I started to think maybe I'm just personally turned off by all the genres at work here... but then I consider something Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006), which does quirky indie folk infinitely better and would be more deserving of a place on the list. 1.5, would delete again for a third time.

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What boring rubbish! And the videos are utter trash. Never heard of Grizzly Bear before, never want to hear them again

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It's just. Just not for me

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Dull nurdling

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Insipid nonsense.

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Was okay

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Absolutely boring. It was nearly an hour of my life that I will never get back. Aside from some nice vocal harmonies I do not understand the appeal of this sleep inducing music could possibly be. 2/10

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No

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Early 2000's indie hipster bs.

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Got three songs in and had to give up. Like a budget Pet Sounds without the tunes or lush harmonies. Generic soporific indie rock. Do not recommend.

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totally forgettable

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Sucks

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Bland det tråkigaste skitet jag någonsin hört.... liksom allt i låtarna känns stelt och obekvämt för de ville göra musiken komplex, men det gör bara att det står stilla och (bortsett från bangern 2 weeks) suger. Liksom de e störande för på papper gillar ja hur instrumenten låter, gitarrerna, pianot och trummorna har härliga sounds, men denna lyckas på något sätt vara en bråkdel av summan av sina delar....

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