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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!
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.
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
I know that Ladytron is a respected group, for the most part, but I think Grimes really improves on their whole formula of beats and wispy female vocals. Ladytron's lyrics don't age well, but Claire avoids this problem because her lyrics are harder to make out. Also, her beats are a lot more fun than Ladytron. I am a huge fan of Crystal Castles, but no one seems willing to admit that CC mostly use drum patterns from house music. This is where Claire shines the most, because none of her beats are loyal to any specific genre, except the generic label of "dance music."
I do enjoy this album, as an extension of this fascinating person, but I have to admit that it feels like something is missing. I know she had done many collaborations, but I would like to hear another voice in this album just to change things up, and I would be interested to hear Claire break up her beats once in a while for some moody break-down kind of moments.
Before you mark my review as unhelpful, please note that I give this a good score, but mainly it seems like a peek at this artist's future potential, as she seems to improve with each release. I'm anxious to see what she does next.
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