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Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear

Veckatimest

Acoustic experimental indie rock Brooklyn outfit with their third full-lenth album

ADM rating[?]

8.3

Label
Warp
UK Release date
25/05/2009
  1. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s rich, elegant and fulfilling, cementing Grizzly Bear as one of those rare, special bands that can always be relied upon to create wonderful music
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Veckatimest is deep, it’s rich, it’s soulful and on more than enough occasions it’s just good, old-fashioned, spine-shudderingly beautiful
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  3. 10.0 |   State

    ...it certainly would seem to be the masterpiece Grizzly Bear have been threatening to make, and as fine an album as you’ll hear this year
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  4. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Veckatimest is a sonic artifact that feels utterly dislocated, existing in an enigmatic world where time and distance are merely memories, and an unsurpassable aesthetic of love and loss reigns supreme
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  5. 9.0 |   The Fly

    ‘Veckatimest’ is a myriad tapestry based on simple influences; that’s what makes it so compelling
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  6. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Ambitious yet restrained, elegant yet exciting, Veckatimest is an endlessly-rewarding album which seems destined to vie with Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion for the title of the year's best.
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  7. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    They’ve written their most instantly memorable songs to date… it’s hard to imagine them giving us more to enjoy in one sweeping statement than they have here.
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  8. 9.0 |   The Observer

    Unequivocally one of the most beautiful albums you'll hear this year. Subtle, romantic and enchanting, it can make imaginary castaways of us all.
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  9. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The only fault of this record is that its most arrestingly beautiful minute is its final one: everything that comes before, however brilliant it is at the time, pales once that choir swells, just for a few too-fleeting seconds.
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  10. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    The first two songs are the most accessible work Grizzly Bear’s ever done, and those tracks alone are enough to make Veckatimest worth several listens. Most of this album, though, is going to take way more effort to get into.
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  11. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    In searching for perfection through meticulousness, feels beautifully flawed and gloriously off-kilter
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  12. 9.0 |   Clash

    Is not only the highest water mark in its makers’ careers to date, but also perhaps the finest record of its kind released so far this year
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  13. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Veckatimest is a fragile beast, though. If Grizzly Bear had wavered in any way, the album's tightly wound elegance would have collapsed into an indulgent mess. Luckily for them, they didn't. Here's to four men who, for once, were able to repay public good will with considerable grace
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  14. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Grizzly Bear have stayed true to the sonic experimentation of previous releases, but have somehow managed to render their output even more seductive, touching, delicate and enduring
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  15. 8.0 |   Click Music

    ...a record that retains its nuggets of sunshiney pop while concocting a tense and threatening edge that creaks through
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  16. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    ‘Veckatimest’ should only be judged as to whether it compares with ‘Yellow House’., whether it’s the most forward-thinking move of their career to date - and it probably is.
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  17. 8.0 |   The Times

    If this is pop music, then there’s never been a better time to be a monkey’s uncle.
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  18. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Their songs' haunting beauty will make you lovesick
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  19. 8.0 |   NME

    For those patient enough to wait for this record to relinquish its quiet delights, the treasures waiting to be discovered it are rich indeed.
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  20. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Could see them do a Bon Iver or a Fleet Foxes.
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  21. 8.0 |   The List

    Theirs is pure pop, recorded down a well by a bunch of geeks who don’t know the power of what they say or do. The effect is startling, surprising and often almost magical
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  22. 8.0 |   Spin

    Steeped in Wilco's bittersweet Americana, and adding a northeastern gothic twinge, Grizzly Bear sound like they're trying to break your heart.
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  23. 8.0 |   Uncut

    While I’m not sure Veckatimest is the huge improvement on Yellow House that some blogs claim it to be, it’s unquestionably a lovely record and it deserves to be heard on land, sea, indoors and out.
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  24. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The Beach Boys influence runs through tracks such as Cheerleader, anchoring the group within a tradition of experimental American pop.
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  25. 8.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

    Only down side is a touch of preciousness, a need for refinement that, unchecked, might nudge Grizzly Bear towards the polite rather than imaginative. It's a small quibble. For now, this is almost perfect.
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  26. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There's enough light here to illuminate the darkest heart.
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  27. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    What Grizzy Bear do on Veckatimest is what you’d expect them to do, plus more. For a start, they’ve stretched the template every which way they can.
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An opulent, intimate rumble built on churning acoustic riffs, haunted croons and precise string parts.
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  29. 7.0 |   Blurt

    ...the layered, lilting music and soaring voices (think mid-60's Beach Boys) are just so damn likable
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  30. 6.0 |   Blurt

    Grizzly Bear obviously took pains to make this an album they’ll be remembered by. Thing is, they shouldn’t be feeling the major-league pinch so early in their career
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  31. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    While the rest of Veckatimest doesn’t quite match the sublime heights of “Two Weeks,” Grizzly Bear have nevertheless created their masterpiece
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  32. 6.0 |   The Sunday Times

    This is an album whose twists and turns, and painstaking arrangements demand that you sit very quietly and pay attention
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