It opens in a unique way from Veckatimest, sounding like 1970’s progressive rock like King Crimson. It’s the sound of a band trying to break out of any one particular genre, fooling around with sound effects and unusual rhythmic changes. A step forward I’d say, for a band that kept their fans waiting two years, it would be a disappointment if they had continued with the previous sound. Shields is more expressive of what this band is capable of, given the amount of time needed to find their place, I’d call this their best album. Are they the American Radiohead? About a million other bands are gunning for that title, but Grizzly Bear just might be in the lead for now. The real test will be the fans reaction to this drastic change in direction and whether they have the dexterity to keep surprising us in the years to come.