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Bear in Heaven — I Love You, It's Cool
Way back in, like, 2005 or something, when I spent an inordinate amount of my time compiling listings for this magazine (we used to have listings!), and then writing hundreds of bitchy little blurbs about them, I remember listing a Bear in Heaven show and not bothering to listen to them before writing the blurb. Instead, I just wrote "Beyond the door, there's peace I'm sure. And I know there'll be no more bears in heaven." I was pretty proud of that at the time, and I suppose I (obviously) still am, but slightly less so now that I've realized I actually quite like Bear in Heaven, a long-running Brooklyn band that's become a reliable source for far-reaching electronic pop that's equally heavy on atmosphere and melody. Their new album, I Love You, It's Cool, feels a bit more straightforward than 2010's Beast Rest Forth Mouth, with songs that take a more linear path from the outset, but it's a pleasure nonetheless.