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You Are All I See

4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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2011 debut full-length album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pat Grossi AKA Active Child. You Are All I See, is indebted to the sounds of the 1980s, from New Order's drums-and-synths to danceable Hip-Hop beats, and it's all topped off with soaring R&B melodies. The album's first single, 'Playing House,' features guest vocals from Tom Krell, the crooner of lo-fi R&B project How To Dress Well.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B0057M38XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This seems to be a "thing" lately, a phase that indie music is going through: dark, dreamy, shimmery music with an '80s synth sound. All the kids are doing it. Thing is, none of them are doing it half as well as Active Child. With its sultry instrumentation and choir-boy vocals, it's like an electronic-gospel-rock-opera for the 22nd century - current and futuristic, while borrowing from the past. This album is incredible; I'm so glad I discovered it. (Another great Amazon recommendation - way to keep earning my dollars, Amazon!)

I do have to say that I have some favorites - See Thru Eyes, High Priestess, Ancient Eye - and love its ethereal moments better than the more straightforward pop/R&B influenced songs. But that said, the album works as a whole, and I like every song. Definitely one of my favorite recent albums, and in a time of very good music.
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This is a great album without a weak song. Active Child has a strong, near falsetto voice. Allmusic mentions he was operatically trained and it allows him to sing powerfully. The focus of the work is on love that is either not returned in kind or relationships that are beginning to crumble. The music evokes A-Ha to me (though darker and moodier) and is keyboard focused. It is almost orchestral in scope. My favorite song is Johnny Belinda, which has a Gregorian chant-like introduction and gradually builds in impact. I love the part where the hi-hat comes in and he sings "the rain came down on the rooftop with a rhythm like this". It sends chills through me. The lyrics are poetic and not the typical cliched love song words. I highly recommend this album if you like pop music that is different and creative.
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I grew up in the 80s, and I must admit this album startles my nostalgic appreciation for those sounds and styles. It exceeds that genre entirely however with a sophisticated and modern polish. The vocals/singing and synthy quality might be compared to a stripped-down M83 with a harp.
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I heard these guys on a podcast show and loved what they were doing - it's beautiful music!
If you're looking for something fresh, this is it. There is nothing boring, tired or bland about what Active Child is doing on this album.
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By Penni on December 9, 2014
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Superb, otherworldly mixes and melodies. This music removes you from reality and takes you to a place in your soul that you never knew existed. Johnny Belinda had me crying for weeks. I can't live without Active Child...my brand new addiction.
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I really enjoy Active Child's music. This album was, to me, incredible when I first heard it. A few times into it, I wished they had more variety in their music. I feel they rely too heavily on the same formula, the operatic male vocals over an emotional melody.
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I've been hooked on Active Child ever since a friend suggested them to me.
It's rare to buy an album and LOVE every track on it but that's what's happend.
These songs are the perfect soundtrack for just about any activity. In this day of auto tuned voices and limited range singes Patrick Grossi is a much welcomed breath and voice of fresh air. Each track is well crafted and tells a story there are no throw away lyrics in ths album. On one final note I'm a harpist so any pleasant out of the box use of the harp catches my ear. T
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When I come across an album that surprises me and becomes a favorite, its a bittersweet moment. It is bittersweet because my expectations of an artist become so great and I am usually disappointed on furutre releases. That is really just a pessimistic statement but accurately describes how highly I regard this album. It is beautiful, albeit different. It is just great immersive music. Highly recommend this album although will admit that its not for everyone. Great for deep thinking and bed/naptime.

I should also add that you should somehow get the tracks that come with the deluxe version on iTunes. There are some great tracks.
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