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Grey Oceans [CD]

CocoRosie Audio CD
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CocoRosie is sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady, a visionary duo with a startling ability to tackle the most taboo of subjects with complete honesty and spiritual freedom. Crafting songs that blend a myriad of styles and references ranging from folk and opera to hip-hop and reggae, the sisters often tranform the most painful of experiences into memorable, evocative pop anthems. Taken as a whole, ... Read more in Amazon's CocoRosie Store

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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: PIAS
  • ASIN: B003DNJ8U4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Trinity's Crying 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Smokey Taboo 4:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hopscotch 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Undertaker 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Grey Oceans 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. R.I.P. Burn Face 4:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Moon Asked The Crow 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lemonade 5:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gallows 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fairy Paradise 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Here I Come 3:270.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Not that you'd expect anything particularly conventional from an act that apparently emerged from underneath the voluminous kaftan of Devendra Banhart back in the mid-Noughties, but of all the artists to be lumped into the "freak-folk" movement, CocoRrosie have surely turned out to be some of the freakiest.

Based between Paris and Williamsburg, New York, sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady have pursued a studied sort of oddity that has entranced some just as it has bemused others–a hodgepodge of folk, blues and cabaret unafraid to mess with racial or gender roles, or toy with pastiche in its pursuit of hallucinogenic, cracked-mirror creativity.

Those who make it into Grey Oceans, the duo's fourth album, will first have to make it past the cover–a quite horrible concoction featuring energy crystals, faux-facial hair, and some of the worst typography ever to grace a record sleeve. While amusingly grotesque, it is something of a disservice to the record within, which is largely laidback in pace and gauzy in texture, even when it tosses in jaunty ragtime piano (see Hopscotch) or moody, hip hop-inherited boom-boom-clap beats (The Moon Asked the Crow).

Whatever fripperies are erected around them, much of Grey Oceans depends on the vocals and songs of the sisters themselves. Sadly, much of these feel a little lacking. Bianca sings in a child-like coo that doesn't totally irritate, but doesn't really connect either, and the soporific mood that hangs over songs like Undertaker and Gallows tends to come across as a lack of focus.

What saves Grey Oceans is the occasional good idea: the Eastern-tinged Smokey Taboo mixes tablas and wilting strings with Bianca's woozy, half-rapped vocal to impressive effect, while the very peculiar Fairy Paradise is, more or less, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy as remixed by Paul van Dyk. The first minute or so is delicate music-box chimes and a quiet pulse of filtered synths–but then, as Bianca mutters that "trance music makes the fairies dance", the beat drops, and the weirdest rave-up ever kicks off down the bottom of your garden. --Louis Pattison

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like little pixies singing from afar. 4 Mar 2012
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Grey Oceans is something very different. BBC Radio 6 introduced me, which I'm grateful for. The vocals are so special as if little pixies drifted down to Earth. They've produced music that not only do you hear, but you travel with and get taken to another world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Blend Coco 27 May 2010
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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CocoRosie have more than a little Marmite to them. Those than love them do so for the same reasons as those that hate them. Freak-folk isn't for everyone, and it is fair to say that sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady are sometimes freakier than most (see the artwork). It's interesting then that Grey Oceans presents itself as a crossroads in the relationship with their audience.

Combining electronic beats, decidedly operatic vocals and skittish asides under a banner of freak-folk was always going to polarise the public. The girls' catalogue prior to Grey Oceans comprises three albums. Each has dizzying experimental highs, and each has borderline annoying quirks and dalliances. The latter often bubbles down to focus on the childlike singing, which can grate, but always comes with some degree of temperance in the form of fluttery folk and/or scale-straddling soprano and beats.

On Grey Oceans, this childish chatter is kept to a minimum - only the 30 second intro to "Hopscotch" falls into this divisive camp. As a result, the sisters latest offering seems instantly more mature, and less pretentious as a result. Safe, folkish offerings such as the title track and "The Moon Asked The Crow" may not be for everyone, but further support this argument, but not just that of a maturing, also that of a mellowing.

Nevertheless, the sum of their efforts is still rather beguiling. With a mild ethnic flavour to proceedings that echoes the recent work of Taken By Trees, the Grey Oceans patchwork is more colourful than its name suggests. There is a skilled balance to the laser synths and delicate piano that decorate the opener "Trinity's Crying". A hazy and traditional oriental influence plays out over the strings and percussive tablas of follow up "Smokey Taboo".
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2.0 out of 5 stars freak folk 28 July 2013
By np23
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Somewhere between Joanna Newsom & Danielle Dax....but not as good as either. Buy something by Kings of Comedy or The Long Dead Sevens , instead & get an authentic experience
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, Spiritual, and Beautiful... 5 Dec 2010
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CocoRosie are probably the strangest thing I listen to. Many people find their music pretentious and over the top, and I definitely disagree. Many people compare them to Bjork, and accuse them of trying to be like her; I strongly disagree with that too.

I really want to say that I love their music, not because it's "weird", and not because it's obscure. I love a lot of "weird" music, and have often been accused of "trying to be weird, and/or different". Most people (those who only listen to "Top 40" music, or music that sounds like it could be in the Top 40) think that people like me listen to this music because we want to be weird, and that listening to this music helps us fulfill our "weird" persona. I have often been asked why I like such "weird" music. To be honest, I don't know how to answer that question! Maybe I just am "weird", and that's why I like it. I cannot stomach most of the absolute trash that is played on the radio. I don't hate this music just because it's popular (I'm a big fan of many commercially succesful artists), I hate it because it lacks character, sincerity, and most of it seems to be about "pumping the club" and drinking.

Back to the Bjork comparisons; the only similarities between Bjork and CocoRosie are that they are both female, and are both very strange. Sadly, I think people tend to label many unique, or "strange" female artists as "trying to be like Bjork", which only shows that they haven't really allowed themselves to actually LISTEN to the music (there is a big difference between hearing and listening). I am a huge fan of Bjork and CocoRosie. I have all of their albums, and know their music very very well. I actually prefer CocoRosie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 17 May 2010
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The more I listen to this the better it gets. I suppose some people will say that this is similar to Bjork but to be honest she never did anything for me. But this album, I love. Weird, quirky, gorgeous.
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