2007 collection of material featurine new, reworked and re-recorded songs, covers, and collaborations that encapsulate the Grizzly Bear sound. Friend is a testament to what Grizzly Bear has become in its three year history - A well loved, sonically adventurous and adaptable Pop band, with honey-sweet, four part harmonies, and an unforgettable live show. 10 tracks.
It's fitting that Grizzly Bear has titled their 10-song EP Friend
, as the thing sounds like it was recorded specifically for the band's buddies. We have alternate versions of songs from their previous LP Yellow House
, some of their indie-rock friends covering their own songs, and a home demo version of one song. That said, if you are the type to buy a record for just one song, the group's wonderfully produced cover of the controversial, spooky, and brilliant Phil Spector/Carole King 1962 number "He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss)" is certainly worth it. The rest is not bad by any means, and Grizzly Bear does its best to create radically different versions of older songs. In particular, the "choir" version of "Alligator" has the thing sounding like Low, the Grateful Dead, and Sonic Youth all at once--and in a good way. The only real drawback of Friend
that it whets the appetite for a more substantial offering of all-new material from these talented, Brooklyn-based folkie experimentalists. --Mike McGonigal