Archive 2003-2006 - Department of Eagles
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  • Summary: This collection from Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) and Fred Nicolaus contains B-sides and songs from the never released 2006 second album "The January Sessions."
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  1. For Grizzly Bear fans and Department of Eagles devotees alike, Archives 2003-2006 is a document rich with revelatory moments and educatory touchstones--but as an album, it functions even better.
  2. A magical insight into the development of Rossen's creative genius.
  3. Archive 2003-2006 is well worth a listen for Department of Eagles and Grizzly Bear fans, especially those intrigued by how albums get made--or don't get made, as the case may be.
  4. Archives will not compensate for the lack of new Department Of Eagles material. Indeed, it appears that the project will be on a long hiatus whilst Rossen is preoccupied by Grizzly Bear. Yet it does have merit as a fascinating document of a band veering out of its comfort zone, starting to make what had previously been the music of their dreams.
  5. It's the simplest track on this album, built from ascending string motifs, plonks of piano, and a straightforward beat that offers welcome respite from Rossen's obvious obsession with dislocated rhythms.
  6. 60
    Yes, it is formative, but it is never amaturish, and where Grizzly Bear's fully symphonic songs can, at their worst, feel somewhat glutinous, the tracks of Archive 2003-2006 combine a lean feel and try-anything ambition that's well worthy of investigation. [Aug 2010, p.90]
  7. While the glimpses into the "process" are interesting only to the obsessive-the kind who'd be stoked to discover a brief snatch of Grizzly Bear's "Easier" hiding in "Practice Room Sketch 1"--Archive justifies its existence with five more fully formed songs.

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