Yellow House - Grizzly Bear
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  • Summary: This intricate second album for the Brooklyn-based band led by Edward Droste is their first for Warp Records.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Beyond production, Grizzly Bear have stepped up their songwriting in every way, assembling melodies that proceed in a logical fashion but never sound overused or overly familiar. Yellow House is a much better record than we could rightfully have expected from these guys, better, even, than we could have imagined them making.
  2. Where Horn of Plenty still had spare singer-songwriter arrangements, Yellow House sounds far more elaborate.
  3. Grizzly Bear are an Animal Collective that decided to go more intelligible and accessible instead of running naked through the woods on five hits of sunshine acid while screaming in tongues.
  4. This isn't a folk record by any means, but it's the one Grizzly Bear should have been making all along. [Summer 2006, p.81]
  5. This is a subtle, whispered scream of a work, one that demands nothing of a consumer’s time but pays decent dividends for those willing to make the investment.
  6. 40
    There's little discernable rhyme or reason holding it all together. [Oct 2006, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    I cannot imagine me without having this album. It had such an impact. The songs are all beautiful and come together to create a memorable experience. You can really appreciate a work of music when every song in the album is good and none are "fillers". Expand
  2. MJ
    Oct 25, 2006
    While I think it is interesting to see how the critical averages weigh out on albums, by no means is it an inidcator of what is conisdered relevant or classic down the road. A lot critics simply miss the boat the first time around and this is a great example. This should average at least a 80 or up and is a more outstanding album on repeated listens then most of the critical top ten. Expand
  3. JeremyD
    Sep 6, 2006
    Epic and sweeping Grizzly Bear's Yellow House is the best release of 2006 to date. Artistic virtuosity and listenability are present from the album's start to it's end. This album was obviously carefully crafted and it captures the beauty of all that is right with music. Get sucked into Grizzly Bear's world, you won't be the same afterwards. You definately will NOT regret it. Expand
  4. theweave
    Jan 15, 2009
    I'd give this a 9.5 were that an option (just because I don't like to throw 10s around), but I'll round up because it's a travesty that this album has such a low score. Solid through and through, if not always brilliant, never worse than very good, and that's a very rare thing. Expand
  5. wilkesb
    Sep 7, 2006
    I like it, can tell it'll grow on me too
  6. GuyH
    Oct 6, 2006
    Best listened to from start to finish for full effect - the songs flow into each other perfectly. The mix of minimal acoustic sounds and epic flourishes is seamless. On A Neck and Colorado are current favourites. Expand
  7. Danielm
    Sep 6, 2006
    all moaning with nothing interesting to say

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