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Visions [Import]

Grimes Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Came in quickly Sept. 17 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is to add more space so that i can finish this and move on with my life. Jeez Amazon!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, Off-Kilter, Exciting Feb. 25 2012
By M. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:LP Record|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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circumambient Indeed April 30 2012
By Alf R. Bergesen - Published on Amazon.com
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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 28 2012
By Alex Pasternak - Published on Amazon.com
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
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 Sept. 14 2012
By I AM - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome June 29 2012
By bowery boy - Published on Amazon.com
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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