10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grizzly Bear’s 2006 release, Yellow House, is a stunning pop production. The lush, melancholy sound of classic Beach Boys and Beatles comes to mind, but the album’s micromanaged sound is very 21st century. As lovely as the melodies and harmonies are, there is something diffused about the music: the overall ambience is as important as the individual songs. “Easier” counts far-off piano, a shuffling groove, banjo plinks, glockenspiel, and electronics among the elements that make up its palette. “Knife” intriguingly bends and updates the vibe of one of those great early ‘60s singles that Phil Spector produced. “On a Neck, On a Spit” features group vocals over folky acoustic guitar, and at one point the track seems to explode in a fit of electric grandeur. Yellow House has plenty of highlights but the group might have saved the best for last: the closer, “Colorado,” is a stunning tour-de-force that possesses the majesty of the Rocky Mountain state. With the drummer thrashing away and the vocals soaring, the track creates a sense of awe not unlike flying over that sublime place.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grizzly Bear’s 2006 release, Yellow House, is a stunning pop production. The lush, melancholy sound of classic Beach Boys and Beatles comes to mind, but the album’s micromanaged sound is very 21st century. As lovely as the melodies and harmonies are, there is something diffused about the music: the overall ambience is as important as the individual songs. “Easier” counts far-off piano, a shuffling groove, banjo plinks, glockenspiel, and electronics among the elements that make up its palette. “Knife” intriguingly bends and updates the vibe of one of those great early ‘60s singles that Phil Spector produced. “On a Neck, On a Spit” features group vocals over folky acoustic guitar, and at one point the track seems to explode in a fit of electric grandeur. Yellow House has plenty of highlights but the group might have saved the best for last: the closer, “Colorado,” is a stunning tour-de-force that possesses the majesty of the Rocky Mountain state. With the drummer thrashing away and the vocals soaring, the track creates a sense of awe not unlike flying over that sublime place.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

nightenday ,

One giant leap forward

Yellow House finds Grizzly Bear expanding their sound. It still retains some of what was offered on Horn of Plenty, but it is a much more "mature" record. It has more depth sonically and from a songwriting respect. The vocal arrangements bring to mind the Beach Boys in a weird way. I just hope this record doesn't get caught up in its own hype, because this really is a great record. Already indie naysayers are lining up to say how much they hate this record. Too bad some people can't get their heads out of the "scene" and just listen to good music. Lush, Beautiful and yes it has a folk angle. It sort of reminds of a modern day Incredible String Band too. Again don't get caught up in the genre labels and all that crap. JUST ENJOY.

Just some dude ,

Something indescribably beautiful, oh wait…that was a description. harhar

This album is something serious.
I can’t really say much about the progression of the band or its sound considering this is the first album of theirs that I’ve bought, but Yellow House is insanely original.
It’s one of those albums that after you listen to the whole thing in its entirety you are just caught stunned. I honestly must have listened to this thing all the way through at least a dozen times in a row, which is probably not the healthiest thing to do, but it isn’t getting old at all.
I just caught their tour dates, and I’m a bit upset that they won’t be playing anywhere in the south, but I guess that’s how it goes.
Oh well, maybe I’ll pull a road trip or something to catch a show up north.
Very inspiring album

bocanegra ,

best album 2006

i rarely buy music but i heard the first two songs while i was in a record store and i bought it immediately. that was probably 5 months ago, and i have listened to this album EVERY DAY since then, without execption. this music is a moving, haunting, seemingly Living thing; it creeps and soars and drones and builds and steps slowly. you will not regret buying this. for fans of Daniel Lanois 'Shine', Godspeed You Black Emperor, Radiohead 'Amnesiac', and Sigur Ros.
5/5

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