Acoustic guitars, muffled drums, and hushed tenor vocals
form the backbone of these ditties, yet prominent incorporation of weird timbres ("Shift" features what sounds like a scratchy gramophone recording of a piano) and eerie studio F/X place Grizzly Bear in the same echelon as art-damaged psychedeli-folkies like Devendra Banhart.
The songs are lead by meandering tempos, Heyman's pedal steel guitar, and Taylor's ripe tenor vocals
, which give the old west vibe.
David Mead - Indiana (Nettwerk America/Liberty)A heady mixture of McCartney, Nilsson, David Gates, and Billy Joel put to the service of fluid floating tenor vocals
and sunny pop melodies that could have wafted down from the roof of the Brill building.
He has the boyish fellow's puckish quality down cold, but one misses the soaring tenor vocals
So he lapsed into out-of-key fumblings around the fretboard, though his searing tenor vocals
still cut with authority when he did Johnson calssics like "Crossroads Blues" and "Terraplace Blues.
Best known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals
, the 57-year-old performed at the Hope Street venue as part of his current UK tour, which includes a night at the Royal Albert Hall.