On its hyped new album, Grizzly Bear doesn't roar so much as purr

Tom Hines

Grizzly Bear's third album sets a relaxing mood—and sticks to it.

Harmony is a kind of optimism, expressed in the belief that several voices can do a job better than one. That's partly why Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest (named after an uninhabited 16-acre island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts) is a lock to be the sunniest album of the year. All four members sing equally well, and when they weave their high, sweet voices around the others' — sometimes in brief and surprising swells, sometimes for the length of entire songs — you can actually hear their faith in one another. It's adorable. (Watch TIME's video about Grizzly Bear's new album.)


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