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Horn of Plenty

Grizzly BearAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kanine Records
  • ASIN: B00064YCT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deep Sea Diver
2. Don't Ask
3. Alligator
4. Campfire
5. Shift
6. Disappearing Act.
7. Fix It
8. Merge
9. A Good Place
10. Showcase
11. La Duchesse Anne
12. Eavesdropping
13. Service Bell
14. This Song

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"Grizzly Bear produces dreamy vocals and pillowy, guitar-driven effects that evoke Neil Young on cough syrup." -- V Magazine

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Horn of Plenty is a nostalgic amalgamation of found sounds and layered vocals bound to thrill followers of Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake and the Unicorns. While the album pushes the boundaries of mellow into undiscovered territory, Grizzly Bear is not sure if they fall under the newly coined "freak-folk" category or hte new-folk genre, but they'd like to offer up wood-temp or cave-core. V Magazine likened them to Neil Young on cough syrup.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a song for you July 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Horn of Plenty" is an odd debut album for a band, since it was created before the band proper existed.

Instead, the first Grizzly Bear album is largely the efforts of Ed Droste, and he spreads himself over several genres -- freakfolk, pop, psychedelica and post-rock, layered together into gentle, hypnotic melodies. It's like sitting through a fuzzy, colourful dream and waking just in time for the remixes.

It opens with strange animal noises, and a reverberent hum... and a gentle guitar under a thin layer of murmuring keyboard. It sounds like someone doped Grandaddy. "I'm a deep sea diver with my fins/and underneath your current I do swim," Droste murmurs distantly. "I'm a deep sea diver losing air/and around here I'm sad swimming/you don't care..."

Things get slightly more upbeat in the gentle tripfolk of "Don't Ask" ("I fell into your arms that night/Don't ask"), before trickling into a series of fuzzy, gentle songs: exotic scratchy electropop, fluting indie-rock, ghostly ballads, lo-fi tunes that sound like they were recorded over a walkie-talkie, and shifting epics of shimmering freakfolk. It all finishes up with "This Song," a gentle guitar pop melody that may have a beat, but is as drowsy as a lullaby.

And this release has a second disc of remixed songs, which gives the mellow songs new twists -- jangling strings, a psychedelic reworking, funky dance beats, gentle electronic waves, maracas, grimy rock edges, carnival rock, hard techno, and what sounds like radio static. And these are all done by some brilliant artists -- Final Fantasy, Dntel, Ariel Pink, Efterklang, the Castanets, Alpha, Solex and Safety Scissors.

Grizzly Bear doesn't sound anything like its name would imply -- no rough edges, no rock, no wildness.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars forest music November 13, 2004
By benj
Format:Audio CD
maybe I'm being suckered into the whole grizzly bear/mountain imagery concept, but their music does have a very rustic, log cabin meets 2004 feel. It's sort of hard to describe because it's not exactly like anything else I've heard, at times I hear echoes of nick drake mixed with galaxie 500, but there are distinctly modern elements at play as well. Many of the songs sound like they are on an old vinyl record, and the vocals range from subdued and scratchy to clean and crisp. I've never bothered to take the time to write a review on amazon, but this one I was interested to do so. As far as I can tell they are relatively unknown, but if this album can make it into enough hands I'm sure they will get a huge following, this music is catchy, sad, unique and just about everything right. forget the new folk scene, this is something in its own. at the moment there is only one other CD out with a similar *tone* and that's the new ariel pink, but this beats that album out ten fold----i highly recommend this. no joke.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it grows on you December 29, 2005
By bken
Format:Audio CD
this album grew on me a lot this year, so much so I went back and got the remixes which are also strong, but personally I find the originals far more captivating. interestingly ignored by many, this album is a slow burner of quiet but haunting and gorgeous songs. definitely needs close listening before it's subtle beauty reveals itself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best new CDs out right now... November 9, 2004
By Sarah R
Format:Audio CD
I heard this CD on a whim through a friend of mine a few weeks ago and got my hands on a copy before it was released and I must say it has evolved into one of my favorite CDs of the year. It's very much a lo fi affair but in a new way that seems not only sincere but also innovative. It kinda sounds to me like everything is filtered through a dark dream, the mood is at times sad but the music is consistently beautiful. i think they benefit most from the impressive vocal layering. i highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys such other new folk type bands like iron and wine and animal collective as well as fans of older stuff as the review said syd barret comes to mind ....it definitely straddles a fine line between vintage and modern. it gets five stars because after three weeks of listening to it, it's still in my Cd player and I don't appear to be getting sick of it anytime soon...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the blue... December 26, 2004
By evvie
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album based on a review that compared them to Syd Barett and Skip Spence, and cautiously/skeptically took a listen. While a lot of moments on this album do have an older psycheldelic vibe, there are definite newer influences here as well. Honestly, I find this particular mixture of new meets old, not to be a rehash, but in this instance, quite fresh and interesting. I certainly haven't heard a lot of the effects/noises I hear in here before, and while some might say it's just pointless experimentation, they all seem deliberate and well crafted. There is a lilting, slow, mournful flow to this album that is haunting in the most beautiful way, with lyrics that float in and out of your conscienceness, and as the reviewer said, enunciation isn't this band's strength, but when you do catch the lyrics they are lovely and sincere...I don't highly recommend a lot of random "new folk" artists, but this one has really captured my attention. Well worth the chance buy. I've already gotten 2 copies for friends. Hope to see them live soon. A+++
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must December 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I bought 'Horn of Plenty' on a whim the other day, after I noticed write-ups about this just recently formed NYC trio of bears in almost every other local New York publication and heard people talk about it at a bunch of parties. Grizzly Bear has become my new, grey day, mellow winter album; I've listened to it on repeat on my iPod for two days straight. There are serious concoctions of dark sounds that put you in your own world for the duration of the album, but almost every song is seriously catchy. 'Frolic' and 'My Duchess Anne' have already made it into my 100 Most Played Section. I can't wait for more to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix ...
of some rather annoying tracks and noise-making with absolutely brilliant and haunting music. A few of these songs are still performed by GB in concert. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carole Winters
3.0 out of 5 stars Horn Of Plenty
While not the groups strongest release, it is a damn fine low-fi debut from a band that would go on the become one of the most critically acclaimed acts around. Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by Morton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected
I bought this CD after listening to one of the songs remixes. I expected somthing more of a trip-hop nature. Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by VOVA
3.0 out of 5 stars This horn is half empty
After liking some of the songs on Yellow House very much I was shocked to find that Horn of Plenty is nowhere near as good. Sure there are a couple of tunes that are pretty O.K. Read more
Published on September 21, 2007 by Kyle Tanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet.
That first track Deep Sea Diver.

Oh man.

That is so sweet when that electric guitar comes in at the end there.

It's underwater space time... Read more
Published on April 12, 2007 by Robert M. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Yellow-House is better, but this is still good
Because this album tends to be a little more random and spacey than yellow house, I find it slightly anxiety producing, but overall I think it's a great album, but for me, only... Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by M. helfen
5.0 out of 5 stars Space lines and walls
I listen to a lot of music and I listen to this album everyday...fantastic.
Published on March 2, 2007 by Jeffrey M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Who'd have known?
It is evident within three minutes of this album that this is something special. Unlike the usual self-recorded crowd, Grizzly Bear uses their constrained space and uses it to... Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Karpe Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
i'm bad at reviews and i'm a bad person because I burned both these discs off a friend but I'm a good person for coming here to tell all that it's good. really good actually.
Published on November 21, 2005 by katmcmc
5.0 out of 5 stars kinda like a warm bath while on xanax
i'm not the type to write a review here, or trump some new "folk" act, but this album has hit me. Usually a fan of the more upbeat music, this is exactly the type of calming,... Read more
Published on March 19, 2005 by Elias Grover
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