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Most people assume that when a band makes it—that is, reaches a critical mass of listeners, where shows across the country get packed, where the big festivals come calling, where placement on year-end lists seems preemptively settled—the work stops. It’s as if all the hours spent writing and rehearsing, tacking flyers to utility poles or maintaining forever-multiplying social ... Read more in Amazon's Bear in Heaven Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HOMETAPES
  • ASIN: B002LFPA66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beast in Peace
2. Wholehearted Mess
3. You Do You
4. Lovesick Teenagers
5. Ultimate Satisfaction
6. Dust Cloud
7. Drug a Wheel
8. Deafening Love
9. Fake Out
10. Casual Goodbye Edit

Editorial Reviews

Within four walls in Brooklyn, Jon Philpot, Adam Wills, Sadek Bazaara and Joe Stickney have mined the democracy of their collaboration, plus the endless hours of stream-of-consciousness recorded documentation of rehearsals over the past year to conceive the crystalline form of "Beats Rest Forth Mouth", their 2nd album, their exaltation. Pitchfork called their first album "a true cohesive work in an era when the album-as-art form appears to be slowly dying" and The Onion found it "a powerful, functional mix of This Heat, '70's soft rock, early Genesis, and oddly, later Pink Floyd."

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This is the best album I have heard in a long time.
Harkanwar Anand
I listen to this record a few times a day and I hear something new with every listen.
djinniboo
Bear in Heaven perfectly blends the electronic and acoustic elements.
Samuel Malik

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Vinson on January 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The influences are noticeable, ample, and thankfully not derivative: the minimalism of early Krautrock; Eno's solo LPs, especially "Another Green World"; the expansiveness and drama of the Flaming Lips' "Soft Bulletin"; Wire's early work. "Dust Cloud" sounds to me like a most clever reworking of The Fall's "I am Curious Oranj," intentional or not. That's when you know you've stumbled on a great album: when it demands analysis and conversation. While pitchforkmedia claimed the record was unique because it is comprised of carefully-constructed pop songs, only delivered in the most unusual ways, I think they've sold BiH short. This is a thoroughly captivating record, and with repeated listening, it does warrant the occasional sing along like any good pop record--and yet as whole this music is deliberately too strange to qualify as pop music. The ambivalence in their sound is what makes it such a terrific, special album. I'm still waiting for everyone to catch up--Bear in Heaven are one of the best bands in America.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morton on March 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The atmosphere that is created by this album upon listening (especially with a killer pair of head phones) is out of this world. The minimalistic instrumentation which is overly destored and magnified creates a wall of sound unlike most anything I have ever heard before in my life. Bear In Heaven have reinvented psychedelic pop music with Beast Rest Forth Mouth.

Tracks like 'Deafening Love' and 'Wholehearted Mess' are nothing short of stunning. What Bear In Heaven have managed to do on Beast Rest Forth Mouth is take everything bands like Grizzly Bear have done and nearly perfected it. 'Fake Out' is a prime example of such. Easily the most upbeat track on the album, and almost shoe-gaze. It totally has that feel anyway.

I'm waiting to see exactly where Bear In Heaven go on their next release. They're one of those groups that have the potential to keep getting better and better with each release, as well as to grow as more profound artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harkanwar Anand VINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
This is the best album I have heard in a long time. It beats Wild beasts, Fleet Foxes (maybe too early to say but definitely has the potential) , Band of Horses, Phoenix's last album, Animal Collective and how about if I say Blitzen Trapper. Hmmmm...so you're thinking what else? I don't know if calling this sound indie is doing it justice but not since a song called "snow of 85" and another called "white rabbit" have I heard such a piledriver of a song. I am talking about track 1, which is a song about an adieu. I love how many bands start an album saying goodbye, I don't think it was wonderful old Lifehouse's idea of doing that with Hanging by the moment, but whatever it is, whether it was staind or offspring's Americana, some how the first track does justice to this delightful heartfelt moving collaboration of a record.

A beautiful voice sings, Doomsday it's so quiet
You hardly know it's there
Dollars of triumph
They're loaded down some well

Thunder is expanding
Like your face into the ground
Thunder is expanding
And the rate will wear you down

The best times were better
When you didn't need to think
The eagle or monster
Is pulling down our feet.

Lovesick Teenagers has potential to be the best song which launches this band into a switch. The best album in a long time. Terribly addictive music. For everyone who ever foot-tapped to a jangling guitar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Malik on November 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Really solid album. "Drug a Wheel" is so defiant. Bear in Heaven perfectly blends the electronic and acoustic elements. Really good vocals/arrangements. Definitely worth the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gray Hunter Jr. on July 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I didn't like this album at 1st. But as is usual with things one doesn't like, they deserve more listening... anyway for me because I assume I must be missing something. I was. Its steady beat and thick electronica mashed together with echo-y vocals and a kind of minimalism in their approach to complex layering grows on you quickly. Just turn it up, lay on the floor and go with the flow.... you'll be transported. Or turn the lights off, light some candles, turn it up (always an important step), get naked and dance around the room with the dog or cat (they get it!). This is good for a personal experience.

Alternatively, invite your buds over, turn it up, and have a party. (getting naked optional)

BTW.... I thought this was their earliest album. It's not. "Red Bloom of the Boom (Dig)" is from 2007! I must admit, I like it better. It's a more complex and varied offering, IMHO. Be sure to check it out!Red Bloom of the Boom (Dig)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek W. Adams on May 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Beast Rest Forth Mouth is an excellent listen. Most bands are to engulfed with instrumentation that it clouds their vision. This album not only has a great textural identity but aspires to create a whole entire world out of a minimalist sound. The only contemporary I can think of is The Microphones' "In the Glow Pt. 2" in terms of scope and execution of vision.
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