Grimes' Visions is like audio dark choclate: At times bitter, sort of sweet, but on the whole you can't deny that this is satisfying stuff. There are a lot of familar sounds here: Some elements of The knife, Lykke Li, J-Pop, Dream pop, maybe even a little Kylie Mynogue. But the way the parts are put together makes for a sound that is 100% her own. She creates songs that are in a realm where listeners don't know if they should dance or chill out to it in a bean bag chair.
This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Grimes' music follows in the footsteps of artists such as Bjork and Kate Bush in its inaccessability. But in contrast to those artists, Boucher blends her vocals in to the background. Her lyrics don't seem to be so much about expressing an idea as they are about adding to the enigmatic atmosphere of the lush synths. It works. This album is a hazy dream that is as hard to describe as it is to wake up from.
"See you on the Dark Night"
1.Infinite Love Without Fufillment- 4/5 Short opening that instantly introduces Grimes' unique pop style.
2.Genesis- 5/5- A truly Beautiful song, the synths are out of this world lovely along with Grimes' siren like vocals.
3.Oblivion- 5/5- The Beat is irresistable. I might have to say this is my favorite.
4.Eight- 4.5/5- Chipmunk Vocals. Still Quite Fun.
5.Circumambient- 5/5- One of the few tracks where Grimes' voice stands apart from the synths. This song is like a neo-soul
song sent through a funhouse mirror.
6.Vowels=Space+Time-5/5-Infectious yet sorrowful
7.Visiting Statue- 3.5/5- The album loses a little bit of steam at this point, but not too much.
8.Be A Body- 5/5- Very Catchy, Very Dancable, Very awesome.
9.Colour Of Moonlight (Antiochus) [feat. Doldrums]- 4/5-A Grower. Didn't stand out at first.
10.Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)- 5/5- Great Song.
11.Nightmusic [feat. Majical Clouds]-4.5/5- Around here the album regains the energy it lost a few songs ago.
12.Skin- 5/5- Best song on the album
13.Know The Way- 5/5- For its brief time limit, the song is emotionally powerful.
14. Angel [Amazon Bonus Track]- 4/5- Short but satisfying bonus track
Album packaging- 4/5-I don't usually rate things like this, but the packaging design is really really cool. Though there are no lyrics that come with it.
Overall-4.5/5 Highly Recommended