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Grimes

Visions

Fourth album of alternative electro-pop from the Montreal-based musician Claire Boucher

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
4ad
UK Release date
12/03/2012
US Release date
21/02/2012
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Visions is anchored less by Boucher’s voice, a small but versatile falsetto with unexpected range, than by her personality, which grounds even the album’s oddest digressions with sweetness and sensuality
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  2. 9.0 |   Blurt

    A collection of discrete miniatures managing to be expansive and intimate all at once.
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    An album to live in and love, to dance to and to wallow in
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    It doesn't sound like it's striving or straining to be pop music, or conversely that it's determined to be awkward - it's just going where pleasure leads it
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  5. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    This thing is so compulsively listenable it's hard to come away from it wanting much more
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  6. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    There’s nothing out there that sounds quite like it
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  7. 8.0 |   BBC

    One to savour
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    When Grimes pours her dissonant fuckery over these songs, they take you somewhere unexpected, for that wonderful "something different"
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Tracks such as Genesis, Oblivion and Circumambien have a directness and fluidity that work wonders when combined with the singer’s airy vocals and giddy playfulness
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A smart, funny album, and it's almost impossible not to dance to it
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    Visions makes good on this promise, creating clarity through diversity, proving that Grimes is one talent to keep a very close eye on
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    There’ll be no stopping this creative, sensual explosion of humanity called Grimes
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  13. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The entire first third of the album is rife with such mind-boggling earworms, and if there’s any complaint to be leveled at Visions, it’s that it thereafter grows the slightest bit more complacent
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  14. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    It’s the sound of ghosts in the machine, pixies in the garden, strange lights in the sky. It’s a little bit Nite Jewel, a little bit Glasser, but Grimes is ultimately her own sound
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  15. 8.0 |   Prefix

    When you pay special attention to a songs like "Be a Body" or "Symphonia IX (my wait is u)" it's clear that there actually is some worth there
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Although apt to bewitch the listener with its seductive pop signifiers, this is music that stands up to obsessive scrutiny
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  17. 8.0 |   Q

    It's over the top and exhilaratingly offbeat. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A glitchy shimmering dance record. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Grimes’ main trick with ‘Visions’ is the multiple ways she channels what is effectively the same idea – sparse, skeletal synths and a multitude of pitch-shifted alternate-selves – without it ever becoming boring
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  20. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Marks Boucher out as a kind of one-woman Avalanches
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  21. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album of shifting, shimmering textures that is both a spaced out exploration and the perfect pop album
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  22. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    An entertaining, diverse album that’s soothing and slightly scary
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  23. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    A masterpiece of dreamy electro-pop and its no-frills construction places Claire Boucher firmly at the forefront of the cutting edge of a brave new musical movement
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  24. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    This album has the feeling of a breakthrough of sorts. Grimes has operated hitherto on the margins, but with her signing to 4AD she seems to have reached a point of definition in her music
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  25. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A creative force to be reckoned
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  26. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Visions is a fun, intelligent and nuanced album that moves the dialogue of pop music forward a step, and that is no small thing
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  27. 8.0 |   All Music

    Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching
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  28. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Showcases an artist with clear talent and potential
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  29. 7.7 |   The AU Review

    One of the most eclectic and unique albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year! Highly recommended if you have the time to give something new a chance. You won’t regret it
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  30. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A much more fun listening experience than initial impressions would indicate
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  31. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In a couple of years someone will probably repackage what Grimes is doing now and hit it big, but for now she is just a bit too ahead of her time to be mainstream. And that’s why this album is worth your time
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  32. 7.0 |   Spin

    Visions' R&B-inflected bedroom dance-pop is collaged from many sources
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  33. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Visions is a remarkable outing for Boucher in that it manages to showcase her knack for spinning bits and pieces from all points on the musical spectrum into crafty, easily digestible pop
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  34. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Beguiling GarageBand pop. Print edition only

  35. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A flawed but intimate glimpse into the fantasies of its creator
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  36. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Your new favourite album. Hard work, but ultimately rewarding
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  37. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A beguiling decoction of pretty much everything going on in hipster musical circles, sweet and savvy and scary at the same time
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  38. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Won’t suit everybody but she should find favour with fans of her equally mercurial contemporaries Joanna Newsom and St Vincent
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  39. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    There’s enough promise here to hope for the future, maybe with a heftier budget or some added maturity, but Visions stands as a half-formed concept
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  40. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    For the most part it’s an album that is – yes – atmospheric but it is also, sadly, dull
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  41. 4.5 |   hhv.de mag

    If an album like »Visions« limits itself to only Gothic and synthesizers, there’s just not much excitement to be found on it
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