By YARA BEYDOUN, Staff Columnist
Artist: Grizzly Bear
Release: September 18, 2012
Shields is the fourth LP released by the American indie rock Grizzly Bear. With this album, Grizzly Bear has continued on with well-crafted lyrics and attention to detail in orchestral-style instrumentals.
However unlike much of their previous sound, consisting of upbeat pop-tunes noted from previous singles like “Two Weeks,” Grizzly Bear takes a darker approach.
The intricate blending of instruments in each song is usually a bit dreamy and not always climactic, aside from the closer to the album, “Sun in Your Eyes.” Beautiful strings are always very apparent.
Lyric wise, this album has more weight to it than previous ones. Ed Droste talks a lot about love and what it means to be alone, such as with the track “Gun-Shy,” “The sky keeps staring at me/ Frozen in my tracks (Nothing else to see)/ And when I move my face left/ You’re always standing there (A shadow I can’t see).”
Grizzly Bear continues to impress with this LP, as they have taken a different approach that should not fail to keep you interested.