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CD Review: Grizzly Bear

Veckatimest (Warp)


When you buy a box of Jelly Bellys in assorted flavors, you better be prepared for a variety of tastes. Sure, you'll get watermelon and lime, but you're also going to taste an occasional popcorn-flavored bean. It's the same thing with Veckatimest, Grizzly Bear's third album, a mish-mosh of dramatic mood swings, with each song leaving a new and different taste in your mouth. "Southern Point" hurtles forward with dramatic, string-driven crescendos; "All We Ask" haunts with ghost-like harmonies; and "I Live With You" bursts into a violent, tragic fit that wouldn't sound out of place in a horror movie. Grizzly Bear, one of the indie-rock's biggest buzz bands, pay impeccable attention to detail. The songs on Veckatimest build on 2006's Yellow House, adding a fourth dimension with layered vocals, dreamlike ambient guitar and swelling choruses. "Two Weeks" finds the quartet at its best: Frontman Ed Droste's voice floats over bright, sparkling piano like a honey-sweet Jens Lekman, while the rest of the band adds "whoa-woah" harmonies. — Danielle Sills

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