There is an unbelievable clarity of sound and vision to Veckatimest: vocals (a duty now shared by all band members) are sharper and more complex, arrangements are tighter, production is more venturous and lyrics more affecting. Having opened the creative dialogue at such an early stage, Grizzly Bear was able to realize these 12 songs together as a band, making it their most collaboratively compositional album to date. Chris Taylor's artistry as a producer and engineer has only gotten stronger, both Daniel Rossen and Ed Droste's conviction as singers and lyricists has swelled, and Bear's authority behind the drums is striking.
This yielded an unexpected mix of material that feels more confidant, mature, focused -- and most of all, dynamic. From songs like "Dory" (a gracefully psychedelic, ever-evolving work), "Ready, Able" (a synth-y opus, and one of four songs that boasts string arrangements by composer Nico Muhly) and "Foreground" (a plaintive, vocal-driven send-off, and one of two songs to feature choral arrangements also by Muhly) to more resounding pop songs like "Two Weeks" (an other-worldly doo wop featuring backing vocals from Beach House's Victoria LeGrand) and "While You Wait for the Others" (a triumphant and melodically cacophonous pop masterpiece), Veckatimest is an album of the highest highs and lowest lows -- an unbelievably diverse collection of songs that celebrates the strength of each band member, and the power of the whole. It was well worth the wait.
- Music Format : Compact Disc
- Artist : Grizzly Bear
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