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Visions

GrimesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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For those unaware, Grimes is the inventive work of Claire Boucher, a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry. Also a ... Read more in Amazon's Grimes Store

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B006OAB2XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Infinite Love Without Fulfilment
2. Genesis
3. Oblivion
4. Eight
5. Circumambient
6. Vowels = space and time
7. Visiting Statue
8. Be A Body
9. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) [feat. Doldrums]
10. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Clouds)
12. Skin
13. Know The Way

Editorial Reviews

Grimes is the moniker of Canadian producer, singer and artist Claire Boucher. She approaches music in a way that is both sensually pleasurable and exploratory; sonic experimentalism run through a 'pop' filter. The music is youthfully schizophrenic and searching, a voyage into the yet undefined territory of post-internet, re-spiritualized sound. Grimes strongly values a physical and communal experience of music (it's danceability), experimental vocalization, and psychedelia. Grimes is self-indulgence, devastation and ecstasy. humanity, spirituality, escapism, identity, reality.

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, Off-Kilter, Exciting February 25, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The electronic & spacey sound isn't necessarily unique, but pair it with the odd vocals and you have something quite special. Like other musicians with "odd" voices (Joanna Newsom, Ian Curtis, Billy Corgan), either you get used to it or it'll never do it for you. At times the sound scapes sound very Japanese music influenced, alien, or ambient. Really something special in a world of familiarity. Repeated listens are rewarding. Great music for long drives. One of the best of 2012, for sure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circumambient Indeed April 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It took me a couple of spins of Visions' first single, Oblivion, to get used to Claire Boucher's baby ghost vocal stylings, but by about the fourth or fifth listen, I was hooked. I immediately downloaded the rest of the album and I've been listening to it on repeat ever since. A one-woman electronic band, Grimes can lay down some funky beats, and she uses her voice like another instrument, weaving rich, almost ethereal, yet often danceable tunes, thick with rythm and melody. The album presents a good mix of uptempo songs and almost sensual slow burners, and it all flows together seamlessly. Her talents in composition and orchestration are truly impressive.

Be forewarned, though: Grimes' voice is probably not going to appeal to a broad audience. She often sings in a pretty high register, or in a breathy whimper, and it takes a little while for the ear to appreciate her vocal talents. Her voice is actually remarkably versatile- sometimes she sounds like the Sundays' Harriet Wheeler, other times she sounds like Enya, and sometimes even, Stacy Q. The voice is the key component of her musical arsenal, though. She does all kinds of things with her voice, sampling it, looping it, putting it through a delay, using it as a percussive instrument. Coupled with her impressive studio talents, and her ear for melody, it is a potent weapon.

Overall, Visions is a truly powerful and memorable listening experience. Like a dark, rich beer, it does take a little getting used to. But if you are a patient listener in search of slightly different fare, you will likely find it a rewarding investment.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to do a song-by-song review or anything, but I cannot stop listening to this album. So many excellent songs. Genesis & Oblivion start the album off on a great note after a short intro, and then just wait until Circumambient! A highlight of the year so far.

Update: After listening to it extensively on (legal) streaming, I decided to go ahead and buy a physical copy on CD, especially after someone said the packaging was great. I'm extremely disappointed, as the packaging is completely barebones. No insert, no lyrics, just a digipak and the physical disk. I'm somewhat glad I bought it because it lets me support the artist a little more directly, but this is not how you package a CD if you're trying to get people to still buy physical media.

Music: 5 stars
Actual CD of Visions: 1.5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS and it makes no sense that I do September 14, 2012
By I AM
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
If you had asked me a few months ago if I liked pop-sounding electronica with copious amounts of samples and higher-pitched/baby-voiced vocals, I might have laughed and exclaimed, "Hell no!" But Grimes is proof that it is always better to remain open in life so you don't miss out for the simple fact of self-limiting rigidity, because her music is nourishing, inspiring and makes me dance and feel happy.

I found Grimes one day on accident during an Odyssey through YouTube in a video of her performing at SXSW. Her presence, fearlessness in creativity and self-expression are beautiful and an inspiration.

This album is wonderful! I highly recommend it...even to people who wouldn't normally listen to this kind of music!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 29, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
It's like the Cocteau Twins meet Enya with Chris & Cosey on synthesizers and drum machine.

There's fantastic retro-future beats in every song that you can either chill out or dance to.

The vocals sometimes veer into Chipmunk territory (Eight, Color of Moonlight) but surprisingly it adds to the overall effect instead of detract.

Like another reviewer mentioned it's not immediately accessible and is certianly an acquired taste in the same vein as Kate Bush or bjork (whom I both love). Either you're going to love it or hate it.

So, if you love this I would highly suggest seeking out her other two CDs: Geidi Primes - a more folktronica approach to her sound but just as compelling as Visions and Halfaxa - a darker ambient sound laden with the same infectious dance beats as Visions.

The verdict is still out on her Darkblooms split EP with d'Eon. Although it does contain Vanessa, her breakout hit. However, if you're trying out Grimes because of that song be forewarned it not fully representative of her sound.

Every track is a gem except Christmas Song because the rap ruins it for me. It's so out of place with the rest of the album but works ok as the album closer.

In any case, I for one can't stop listening to it.

Standout tracks: Genesis, Oblivion, Circumambient, Be A Body, Color of Moonlight (the beats makes me think of Prince)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Approachable avant pop April 8, 2012
By Kenneth
Format:Audio CD
Claire Boucher's (Grimes) streamlined approach to making music isn't particularly sui generis in the 2010's, many artists are frequently being described as ecclectic now, but few are able to construct a distinctive aesthetic out of the disparate influences they peddle. Thats the main strengh of this album, the songs on here have elements of familiarity but neither of them feel indebted to a particular era. Take Genesis, it features looped piano notes, oriental sounds, hi hat cymbals, electronic beats and Claire's playfully childlike vocals, which are all introduced within the first 30 seconds of the song and then alternated in various forms throughout it's 4 minute playing time. It sounds a little sporadic on paper, but it works really well by not just offering you a cornucopia of delights but introducing these elements at just the right time to keep you engaged and eager to see what's coming next.

Be A Body is another obvious treat too, with it's electro ambient permutations and Boucher's sweetly synthetic falsetto, sending you off to some futuristic utopia. The rest of the album juggles similar sounds in different ways like Oblivions employment of noises you might find in an arcade somewhere in the early 90's. Than there's Nightmusic's snippets of neoclassical sounds that are neatly interwoven with the ambient synts and piano loops that are found all over this album. This music won't be for everybody i hasten to add and even though i'm fond of it, i found Grimes delicate patchwork of sounds to be a little too cutesy and adorable at times leaving some of the songs on here sounding merely pleasant and a little forgettable. Nevertheless i still found this a charming foray into a pop wonderland that felt pleasently familiar yet refreshingly novel, if your an electro pop fan it's definitely worth giving this a listen as your likely to really enjoy this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grimes is ahhhmaaaaaaaazing!
love love love love love!
Published 7 days ago by Edith SP
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect tunes for lounging on the beach
Perfect tunes for lounging on the beach, road trips, bath-time or having friends over.
Published 21 days ago by J. Boe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance
Every song a gem
Published 1 month ago by Eleaflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
I stumbled across Grimes on Youtube - I played "Genesis" and there was no going back. This CD continues to amaze me - there's a lot to chew on here and you'll hear... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scrittitrader
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated
Such a good album. The fact that she wrote and produced 100% of it is why I love her. Talent like that is RARE.
Published 3 months ago by aaron murray
5.0 out of 5 stars New love
Love Grimes! Her voice is haunting and beautiful. Her songs help me get ready in the morning. I also love that she write, sings, does her own sound and creates her own album art. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one song I dislike
I just discovered this artists recently and there's something about her music that is so entrancing and different. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Unearthly Brilliance
Not since Bjork has there come along a female musical artist so differentiated from her industry counterparts - Grimes is something completely fresh, exotic, dreamlike and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by PositiveLastAction
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Definitely not everyone's cup of tea but I love it. Like some other reviewers have said, it toes the line between making you feel like getting up and dancing to the beat and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rodney Clarance
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Grimes is amazing, and this album is her best album so far.
Genesis, Symphonia IX, Be a Body, Colour of Moonlight and Skin are my favourite songs by Grimes, and they are all... Read more
Published 5 months ago by greta
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