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Reviews and Clues on Music That Matters (to me)

New Issue: Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly BearGrizzly Bear, Vekatimist – Part II of MMC donations to the charity of my music library. OK, I get it. I get that this is an important album. If Animal Collective hadn’t ruined everyone’s year, Grizzly would have stolen top spot. The composition is there. The lyrics are good. The vocals are impeccable. But I can’t (try as I might) fall in love with this album. I’ve been racking my brain as to why this doesn’t work for me to no avail. I’ve put it on repeat for the last 48 hours and still no lightning rod moment of clarity has come. I think this is the beauty and curse of music. Even when you know that the technical brilliance is there, it’s simply a personal matter of taste. I would never discourage anyone from not getting this album (if you were hoping Fleet Foxes would muscle up and start eating meat, you will surely be happy with Vekatimist) but I can’t give a solid case for loving it. There will be many others to do this in the coming weeks, so I will leave my lukewarm regard at this. But wait.  One last quick dig. You know, I think I prefer Menomena to this stuff. It’s weird and schizophrenic, but it was polarizing. I guess my intuition was right way back then.

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December 13th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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