Painted Ruins

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Painted Ruins
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 18, 2017
Recorded2015-2017
StudioAllaire Studios (Ulster County, near Shokan, New York), Terrible Studios (Los Angeles, California)[1]
Genre
Length48:28
LabelRCA
ProducerChris Taylor
Grizzly Bear chronology
Shields
(2012)
Painted Ruins
(2017)
Singles from Painted Ruins
  1. "Three Rings"
    Released: May 4, 2017
  2. "Mourning Sound"
    Released: May 17, 2017
  3. "Four Cypresses"
    Released: June 23, 2017
  4. "Neighbors"
    Released: July 21, 2017

Painted Ruins is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Grizzly Bear as the follow-up to their 2012 album Shields. It was released on August 18, 2017 by RCA. Along with the announcement of the album, the band announced a fall European and North American tour.[3]

Recording[edit]

Grizzly Bear spent two years writing and recording for the album.[4] Band member Chris Taylor produced Painted Ruins, with recording sessions occurring primarily at Allaire Studios in New York, but also at various locations around Los Angeles, including Taylor's own Terrible Studios.[1] The album was mixed by Shawn Everett and mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Prior to the release of the first single from the album, the band uploaded a series of mysterious teaser videos to their YouTube account.[5][6][7][8]

On May 4, 2017, the first single from the album, "Three Rings", was released.[9][10][11][12] The song was officially released at midnight in each successive time zone across the globe,[13][14] and was later uploaded to their YouTube channel.[15]

On May 17, Grizzly Bear revealed the name and release date of the upcoming album,[16] and also announced their first tour in four years, beginning in Dublin, Ireland on October 5, and continuing through the end of the year, with concerts in Europe and North America.[17] Later that same day, Grizzly Bear released the second single from the album, "Mourning Sound".[18][19]

On June 23, the band released the third track from the record, "Four Cypresses".[20][21]

On July 21, the band released the fourth single from the record, "Neighbors".[22][23]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[24]
Metacritic82/100[25]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[26]
The A.V. ClubA−[27]
The Guardian4/5 stars[28]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[29]
Mojo4/5 stars[30]
The Observer4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork7.3/10[31]
Q4/5 stars[32]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[33]
Uncut9/10[34]

Painted Ruins has received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 82 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 29 reviews.[25]

Laura Snapes in The Observer described the album as "Unbeholden to the band’s existence, Painted Ruins has a cavalier quality that you’d struggle to spot in its tense forebears".[4]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Uncut 75 best Albums of the Year 2017
20
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2017 2017
40
Earbuddy Top 50 Albums of 2017 2017
83
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017 2017
20

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Grizzly Bear.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Wasted Acres"Rossen2:52
2."Mourning Sound"Droste/Rossen4:22
3."Four Cypresses"Rossen4:48
4."Three Rings"Droste4:49
5."Losing All Sense"Droste/Rossen5:06
6."Aquarian"Rossen4:18
7."Cut-Out"Droste/Rossen3:46
8."Glass Hillside"Rossen4:54
9."Neighbors"Droste4:44
10."Systole"Taylor3:16
11."Sky Took Hold"Droste5:33
Total length:48:28

Personnel[edit]

Credits:[citation needed]

  • Christopher Bear – drums, percussion, synths, vocals, drum programming, wurlitzer, pedal steel
  • Edward Droste – vocals
  • Daniel Rossen – vocals, guitars, piano, synths, organ, cello
  • Chris Taylor – vocals, bass, saxophones, clarinet, flute, bass harmonica, synths, drum programming

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[39] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[40] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[41] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[42] 32
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[43] 31
French Albums (SNEP)[44] 82
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[45] 27
Irish Albums (IRMA)[46] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 37
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[48] 19
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 14
US Billboard 200[52] 27
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[53] 4

References[edit]

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