Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins 2017 LP

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Fuck, this album.

Why does every release take so long to personally sink in? Why, with every release, do I initially think that this is the album where I'm on the verge to smugly declare "NEW JERSEY", only to subsequently grow to love almost all of the songs on it? Surely my faulty-ass ears, but still a mystery to me.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:12 (three years ago) link

They were great live. Very powerful.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 15 October 2017 05:50 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

This is absent from a couple of the UK magazine polls - Mojo and Q - which feels a bit odd? Probably one of my two or three favourites of the year.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 23 November 2017 07:48 (three years ago) link

I don't know, I found it tremendously disappointing, even forgettable, which is not an adjective I'd use to describe their previous records.

pomenitul, Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:46 (three years ago) link

all is forbidden -- all is forgotten

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 1 December 2017 03:16 (three years ago) link

^ I would give it a few more spins, pomenitul. I felt the exact same way after two listens. Now, about eight spins later, it's in my top 20 of the year. It's definitely a grower.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:27 (two years ago) link

And I'm not a GB fan, in general, which maybe you were. I didn't start loving their music until Shields.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:30 (two years ago) link

I'm not a GB fan, but I at least usually know when they have a new record out. I am only just learning about this now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:38 (two years ago) link

Their profile ain't what it once was, is what I'm saying.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:39 (two years ago) link

^yeah, that's fair. Shields was in my top ten of '12, so I'm more prone to know of a new album.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 10 December 2017 02:03 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I felt like this had a big PR push (big Spotify billboards, for instance), strong critical reception, strong fan reception, well-received tour... so why is it absent from so many end-of-year polls? When The National, for instance, aren't? They feel, to me, like they're at similar points in their career in some ways. (Though The National are quite a lot bigger now, I guess.)

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:04 (two years ago) link

i'd bet their curation of the massive day of the dead project (of which incidentally "grizzly bear"'s "terrapin station" cover is my personal favorite) + the dessners' avant-garde activities (cantaloupe records + bang on a can etc) + the lead singer's wife being an erstwhile new yorker editor = ongoing behind the scenes highbrow cred points outstripping whatever aesthetic merits of the new grizzly bear record (which i happen to prefer to the new national record)

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:53 (two years ago) link

hmm I think also the National record is just more accessible, sounds warmer, simpler

niels, Friday, 5 January 2018 12:45 (two years ago) link

At some point The National become like a huge band that gets played on pop radio next to Rihanna, right? I don't claim to understand it, but hey.

It does feel like no one cares about this GB record but it keeps getting a little better every time I hear it.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 January 2018 15:32 (two years ago) link

it's maximal in the best sense

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:10 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I adore both bands lately, but The National seem an easier recommendation for me to friends who've stopped paying attention to new musics.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:39 (two years ago) link

lol, bookmarks...

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:40 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Somehow completely missed this one until now. Not sure if I wasn’t aware it was even out in 2017 or I just wasn’t in a place to care about a new GB record in 2017. But it’s really good!

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:55 (one month ago) link

Up there with their best, for sure

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:12 (one month ago) link

xp

Ok gonna go listen to it and stop knocking them.

― the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Friday, May 5, 2017 7:58 PM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

just sayin, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 21:15 (one month ago) link

lol fuck, developing some real internet-induced dementia. I guess I didn't miss it but it also didn't really stick with me at the time

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 23 October 2020 02:10 (one month ago) link


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