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Friend [EP]

Grizzly BearAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Grizzly Bear released Yellow House in 2006. It was a slow, steady and stunning ride, and given the album's otherworldly charm and staying power, it's hard to believe three years have gone by.

That might seem like a long time. But given Grizzly Bear's hectic touring schedule, including stints with Radiohead, TV On The Radio and Feist as well as several performances during a ... Read more in Amazon's Grizzly Bear Store

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B000W03RHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alligator
2. He Hit Me
3. Little Brother
4. Shift
5. Plans
6. Granny Diner
7. Knife - C.S.S.
8. Plans - Band Of Horses
9. Knife - Atlas Sound
10. Deep Blue Sea
11. Untitled

Editorial Reviews

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

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start With Yellow House.... December 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Thank goodness I can't categorize Grizzly Bear's music. When you listen to them, you are transported to a really weird, yet completely cohesive and sonic place. I advise starting at Yellow House and then moving on to this compilation which includes alt. versions of a few of their "hits". CSSs' version of "Knife" is priceless. The harmonies are gorgeous and dissonant on this disc. "He Hit me (and it felt like a kiss)" is truly a chestnut and it is well worth purchasing this disc for that track alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a friend January 24, 2008
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Fuzz-rockers Grizzly Bear know how to keep people's attention until their next album -- in this case, putting out an album's worth of odds and ends.

And "Friend EP" is no more or less than that -- a jumble of covers (both theirs and other people's), alternate versions, and even a demo. It has one dud track, but the rest are pretty much mellow, arty little gems, sometimes rendered into something almost unrecognizable.

One of the biggest things here is the alternate versions of their songs -- it starts with the rippling, dreamlike, almost celestial version of "Alligator," as well as an electric-edged "Little Brother" and smoothly flowing "Shift." The final song is a lo-fi, home-recorded rendition of "Deep Blue Sea," which relies heavily on strummed acoustic guitar and faint whistling.

The only sour note is the Terrible vs. Nonhorse: Sounds Edit remix of "Plans," which is basically a big squiggle of psychotic flute, clatters, blown fuses, doorbells, and what sounds like a banjo dissolving.

Grizzly Bear also turn out a spooky, weirdly wistful cover of Carole King's "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)". Additionally they also toss out a little demo called "Granny Diner," an ambient cluster of fuzz, meandering guitar, with a few ripples of soft organ and mournful vocals near the end. Not a bad song, but you can hear why it didn't make the cut.

And finally, there's a trio of bands covering Grizzly Bear's songs -- Band of Horses, CSS, and Atlas Sound. CSS rework "Plans" into a tight electronic squiggly dancefest, while Band of Horses go in the opposite direction, turning the same song into a music-hall country tune. And Atlas Sound turns "Knife" into a beautiful, hypnotically ambient pop tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some great tracks June 28, 2012
By david
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Im not in love with the cover on this album, but the songs performed by Grizzly Bear really carry it for me. I love there sound and I envy there writing skills. I think they did a great job making a really solid EP, although some of the songs freaked the shit out of me when i first heard them, its a great album and if you love Grizzly bear than its a good buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection August 7, 2008
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Let me state upfront that I wasn't aware much of Grizzly Bear until I saw them in concert here in Cincinnati at the MusicNow festival several months ago, and I loved their set. I bought this right then and there.

"Friend" (11 tracks; 43 min.) brings a lot of dreamy tracks, many of which are reworked songs from their previous "Yellow House" and "Horns of Plenty" albums, with several other covers thrown into the mix. Let me admit upfront that I heard this album before I heard the previous albums, and that I have to come and love this collection for what it is. In fact, when I got "Yellow House" after having listened to this so much, I was a bit let down by the "original" album that served as the main underpinning of this collection. Highlights are plenty on here, the best being "Little Brother", a reworked electric guitar version from "Yellow House", and so much better in my opinion.

I saw these guys again just this last weekend, opening up for Radiohead. Frontman Edward Droste, looking at the massive crowd, blurted out "This is a little surreal to us", and I'm sure it was. The band brought a terrific set, a mix of old songs (including a biting "Little Brother") and new songs, previewing the new album that will come out later this year, and I'll be checking that out for sure. Meanwhile, "Friend" stands quite nicely on its own.
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