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Editor’s Pick #172: Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait For the Others” (Feat. Michael McDonald) by JohnCassillo
September 10, 2009, 3:38 am
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Michael McDonald lends himself to Grizzly Bear, with debatable results

Michael McDonald lends himself to Grizzly Bear, with debatable results

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I’m not sure who decided this was necessary. Paul Rudd sure as hell didn’t.

Grizzly Bear released the single version of already-hit track, “While You Wait For the Others” last Monday. While listeners expected the title song, they surely didn’t expect what followed. For the B-side, the band chose the most unlikeliest of indie rock comrades, Michael McDonald, to sing vocals over the original backing track. As much as I enjoy pushing the envelope, is this tearing it apart?

The new version, with McDonald’s “marbles in his mouth” vocals, is good enough from a musical standpoint. To some, it may even be an improvement over Daniel Rossen’s crooning. But let’s be honest. This is a frightening experience. McDonald turns the indie jam into one of his overtly overdrawn ballads, and for that, fans will weep.

Like a car crash though, you just can’t look away, and that’s why we’re here, watching, cringing and then finally begging for it to end.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor


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