In Ear Park - Department of Eagles
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  • Summary: The latest release from Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus was dedicated to Rossen's father who had passed away recently.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Through all of the musical intricacies and variances, Rossen and Nicolaus have truly created one of the best albums of the year.
  2. Without a heavy-handed disposition, Department of Eagles manages to convey the sentiment of another time while reaching a modern audience.
  3. Ear Park provides a valuable service while showcasing Rossen as skilled composer and arranger in his own right.
  4. This second album (featuring Grizzly Bear's Chris Bear and Chris Taylor) is a sumptuous sequence of symphonic meditations on memory and loss that somehow manage to give a more expansive twist to the already elegiac mood of Arcade Fire's Funeral.
  5. In Ear Park sounds so much like Grizzly Bear that it’s difficult to recognize, at first, that it does occasionally retain the bedroom DIY aesthetic for which Department of Eagles are known, especially in the sense of its canned percussion, and at the album’s best it keeps the music attempting the scope and lushness of Grizzly Bear.
  6. Songs begin lethargically and the vocals and instruments grope at each other, struggling to agree on how to establish the rhythm. Once they coalesce, each blooms, but the tracks refuse to linger in the thrall of the climax.
  7. Its mildly art-damaged sound is just right for indie kids who like their beauty a little messy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MikeF.
    Nov 25, 2008
    10
    A beautiful, floating dream of an album.
  2. MirandaH.
    Oct 24, 2008
    9
    So excited for Floating on the Lehigh...now I can live down Billy Joel's Allentown in peace.
  3. OliverC.
    Nov 5, 2008
    9
    I give it an 85% With the exception of a few tracks, it is a masterful work. Really beautiful melodies and atmospherics, and it builds some wonderful moments without sacrificing the catchy hooks. Consider this a follow up to Yellow House and you can't be disappointed. Expand