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Yellow House

Grizzly BearAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 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 (September 5, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B000FS9LKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Easier
2. Lullabye
3. Knife
4. Central And Remonte
5. Little Brother
6. Plans
7. Marla
8. On A Neck, On A Spit
9. Reprise
10. Colorado

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It's a rare thing to find a band that counts the glockenspiel, autoharp, banjo, and flute as key instruments, especially when it's a rock band with just four members. Grizzly Bear use all the above instruments plus another dozen or so to make the 10 floating, gossamer, low-lit tunes that comprise Yellow House. They are rounded edges, off-kilter waltzes ("Lullabye," which teeters tipsily), laconic vignettes, and even a vintage 1930s waltz written by singer Edward Droste's great-aunt. The meshwork here is Grizzly Bear's smarts, a banjo lending fleeting rhythmic hints to a guitar-picked melody ("Reprise"), a haunted piano filling the sonic air with smoke. All four members sing duskily and softly, making a slow-going atmosphere that would delight the great composer Morton Feldman. The brilliance here is that every song mesmerizes, not with aural dominance but with an atmospheric magnetism. --Andrew Bartlett

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Grizzly Bear has come a long way in the past 2 years. From its original incarnation as a one man band of acoustic guitar, field tapes and drum machine; to it's current state as a full band complete with drums, two guitars, bass, woodwinds, effects pedals, cradled by four part harmonies, Grizzly Bear's music has made the leap from charming lo-fi folk rock to breathtaking, experimental cinematic pop. The talent between the four members of Grizzly Bear is evident from their deft playing, which also makes for a brilliant and engrossing live act.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I normally don't do reviews on Amazon, in large part to the fact that most people reading them have already formed their opinion on the item in question. Grizzly Bear's Yellow House is a prime example of this unfortunate pattern. The chance of an "average" reader wandering into this area without some appreciation for the genre will be rare. However, I was such a reader, so I figured I would give it a shot.

In my opinion, I have not heard anything that comes as close to audio art as Yellow House. It is very clear that the band spent an enormous amount of time and effort polishing each indvidual song, which alone is impressive, but also blended the entire album catalog so the sounds were cohesive, flowing, almost like a long poem. They use a tremendous amount of instruments, fading and editing, and room space to create a haunting and magical atmosphere.

At first listen, what might be mistaken as mild chaos at times will later showcase a tremendous amount of control and management of sound. No doubt layering techniques are used on some tracks, but it's hard to tell what effects are natural (like playing an instrument far away from the sound stage) versus fabricated at a sound board. Plus, the band is able to reproduce a lot of their sound live; a must for any artist who wishes to be taken seriously.

All pretention aside, I am really glad I found Yellow House. I can enjoy it on so many levels, from playing it in the background of a party, or just mellowing out with the old lady and a good book. If you're considering buying it or on the fence in your decision, you won't regret your purchase. This one is going to last you a long time and has a timeless, breathtaking sound.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home May 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The lo-fi neo-psychedelia freak-folk of "Yellow House" is not so easily described. Hence the rather amorphous appellates "lo-fi" and "neo-psychedelia" and "freak-folk." Listening to the album (over and over again), a lot of descriptions came to mind...

The Beach Boys, minus the beach ("Knife").

A moon-powered TV on the Radio ("On A Neck, On A Spit").

A tamed-n-trained Animal Collective ("Easier").

Hot Chip on ice ("Little Brother").

If none of that makes any sense to you (and who can blame you?), let it be enough to say that Grizzly Bear's sophomore LP is as warm and silky as sudsy bathwater. The quartet utilizes banjos, laptops, and flutes (among other, more traditional instruments) to create something so atmospheric, so emotional, so good that at times it's just plain heart-wrenching.

Named after one of the band members' mother's home, where the album was recorded, the album is just as inviting as a return to the loamy roots of nostalgia. The apogee of cool soul sonics, "Yellow House" is big enough to live in, but as cozy as a warm embrace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yes get it and see them live October 1, 2006
By Jessica
Format:Audio CD
a song excerpt may help you get the genre, but to really get IT you should hear the whole album, go for the whole ride, and listen to how the delicately balanced songs progress with geometric precision, then are broken with magnificent grizzly guitar tantrums and textural spasms that manage to be both futuristic and timeless. dont write them off as a freakfolk experiment. grizzly bear is a really great band. you must see them live too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding 2006 release! February 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
anybody out there familiar with the music of robert wyatt? well this digs into a similar vein of spirit. great melodies with lots going on: xylophones, lap steel, glockenspiel, autoharp, keyboards, guitars, banjo, clarinet, flute, saxophone, bass, drums & touches of electonics, all have a say in the matter. tasteful and mostly dreamy, a feast to listen to over and over. it gets richer, in fact, with each listen. great stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, melancholy gems February 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely exquisite and haunting, I cannot stop listening to this album! There's really not much more I can add to all the glowing reviews except to say it's completely enchanted me and I want everyone to know that if you are in any way curious about this band, please take a chance and let Grizzly Bear draw you into their world. The comparisons to TVOTR are very accurate. I find their songs meander along in the most pleasant way, taking me to strangely sentimental places. The melodies are intricately layered and complex and the songs take unexpected twists and turns. "Knife", for me, is a gorgeous aching love song. I'm a huge fan of Akron Family, and I can hear many similarities, though Grizzly Bear feels, overall, denser and more thickly layered. A beautiful album that will stay in my car for many, many commutes. I second the motion to put this in your car for a long, gray, rainy drive. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Successfully improving the production November 9, 2006
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Yellow House is a natural and healthy progression from their first album, Horn of Plenty. This majestic, captivating release showcases the band taking a step up in sophistication and complexity. The structure of the tracks are most often sprawling and have a tendency to change direction in mid-song. It is very folk-influenced, but definitely shows patches of pop psychedelia. This will probably hit home for fans of Animal Collective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your fall playlist October 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been following Grizzly Bear for a year and a half. A friend introduced me to Horn of Plenty, their first album, when it first came out and when the band was still rather obscure and the sound sparse, a product of leadsinger Edward Droste's improvised bedroom set up -- a fact you'll be quick to learn in every other of the seemingly endless features on them right now. Horn of Plenty was a really beautiful, unexpected album but with Yellow House, Grizzly Bear has entered a different realm of finesse and theis record is undoubteldy one of the finest of the year. There are lush arrangements, intricate harmonies, and an incredible suite of songs that move in surprising directions. Yellow House may still take a few listens to fully grow on you (although the Knife is an instant classis), but listen to it twice on the way to work on a gray fall day and you'll never stop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
if you have a taste for the finer things in music, then this is for you. it's a strange and wonderful journey. i highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by dakota_veer
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, 3 for the product
I've listened to the music itself for a while, it's probably my favorite one of Grizzly Bear's albums so far. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ronald Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Album
I have always been a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, and was extremely excited at the chance to own this repressing on vinyl. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars A sign of things to come.
Like I said in my review of their new album "Shields", I was late on the Grizzly Bear fan bus. The first album I actually listened to was VECKATIMEST. Read more
Published 22 months ago by tarheels42
3.0 out of 5 stars It is Alright
Obviously listen to all the songs on the album on youtube before buying the album. If you enjoy most of them buy this album!! Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Aleks
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
I loved their 2009 album "Veckatimest" and bought this one hoping it would be at least half as good, but it took me two months to finish. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Jerry Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Up for a trip in the woods?
Yellow House is without a doubt Grizzly Bear's finest effort to date, and not to mention the most fluid and wonderfully atmospheric of their 3 albums. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Smoking Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow House Album
In short, "Yellow House" is both unique and a masterpiece. Good to know that wonderful alternative groups like Grizzly Bear exist. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Eric Lander
4.0 out of 5 stars Yellow House
I feel and hear hints of the Beach Boys here on Grizzly Bears sophomore effort. Yellow House was a major step forward for Grizzly Bear in a lot of ways. Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while for the murk to open up, but when it does...
At first, it seemed odd that techno/IDM label Warp Records would release a sleepy folk album with acoustic guitars. But it turned out to be a perfect fit. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Angry Mofo
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