(sub)urban soundcheck.


Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest [2009 – Warp Records]
May 28, 2009, 10:13 pm
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1. Southern Point – 5:03
2. Two Weeks – 4:03
3. All We Ask – 5:22
4. Fine for Now – 5:31
5. Cheerleader – 4:55
6. Dory – 4:26
7. Ready, Able – 4:17
8. About Face – 3:22
9. Hold Still – 2:25
10. While You Wait for the Others – 4:30
11. I Live With You – 4:58
12. Foreground- 3:35

Veckatimest ain’t perfect; lord knows it tries. More than most any album in recent memory not named Chinese Democracy (please keep reading), it is compositionally and sonically airtight, every moment sounding tweaked, labored over. Perfection– and the pursuit thereof– has its price, and in less able hands (with all love to Axl), this obsessive attention to craft and execution could lead to something dull. What’s perhaps the most remarkable thing about the truly remarkable Veckatimest, however, is how very exciting much of it is; no small feat for a painstaking chamber-pop record that never once veers above the middle tempo.” – Paul Thompson