Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’

From the start of “Southern Point,” the listener can easily tell that this album is rather unlike many of Grizzly Bear’s past albums and that it is unlike many of the albums released during the first half of 2009. Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest was, quite obviously, meticulously combed by the band as the members feverishly tried to iron out the creases that overwhelmed past albums.

Grizzly Bear set out to make the perfect record. They nearly succeeded in doing so. The lyrics are meaningful and back by great arrangements, and the vocals do a lot to compliment the lyrics.

While the album is not boring by any means, it is also not continuously exciting. The album’s excitement seems to come and go. It enters at the beginning of most of the songs and tapers off as the songs progress.

Veckatimest is, oddly enough, very much like Menomena’s Friend and Foe, though it seems no other reviewer is making this connection. Unfortunately, is seemingly a watered-down version of Friend and Foe.

Artist: Grizzly Bear
Album: Veckatimest
Label: Warp
Rating: 8 / 10


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