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One more electro-princess in the tower? Yeah why not! This time a Canadian.
Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) turns in a pretty decent set with 'Halfaxa'.
Even though it's largely impossible to understand what she's singing about
she creates a mood (mostly one cast in shades of grey) and isn't afraid to
run with it. Her half-heard shadowy vocals weave in and out of, or hover
over, fairly simple rhythmic arrangements draped with layers of spooky synth
and spectral harmonies. The voice is continuously swathed in a shroud of reverb
so it's actually quite difficult to ascertain her true technical capabilities.
Sometimes high, sometimes low but always with her indistinct diction stroking
rather than striking the words, she must at least be admired for her determination
to keep meaning and lucidity at arms' length. Despite her wilful obscurantism
I seem to be growing quite fond of it in a give-the-girl-a-chance kind of way!

It is impossible to listen to these sixteen tracks without being aware of
the mark that Kate Bush has made on Ms Boucher's muse. It's the high floaty
notes which do it I guess and there are an awful lot of them to contend with.
Sometimes they float ethereally in the air like wind-sprites (the woods around
these parts are full of the pesky things!) as they do in the rather lovely 'rask'
and at others getting quite frisky in an almost dance-friendly kind of way on a
track like 'sagrad *pekpaCH***' (approx - sorry I don't have the relevant font
to ellucidate further!) which, following a pedestrian introduction, settles
down into a nicely spirited groove. Elsewhere, as with the splendidly mordant
'world princess', she dumps the rule book completely and dives off into hippie
hinterland with brave abandon. It truly is a strangely discombobulating sonic
experience with its mad-as-a-march-hare vocal harmonies and occasional but
equally disconcerting whistles (think Clangers!) and scratches. Totally loopy
but curiously engaging nonetheless! Kind-of queasy in a good way.
'My Sister Says The Saddest Things' might have made more sense if we could
comprehend what exactly her sister had said but the dark mood of the piece
may well be an indication that relationships were sometimes fraught in the
Boucher household! 'Devon' on the other hand is almost frisky in comparison;
a sort-of cha-cha-heels-Enya-meets-spaghetti-western confection (sorry it's
about as close as I can get by way of explanation!) which turns out to be one
of the album's most accessible compositions. 'Hallways' is chock-full of pixies
up to no good as pixies are wont to and final track 'Favriel' creates
an entirely new genre out of thin air. Let's just call it 'Witch Skiffle'!
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on 24 May 2012
Excellent LP from Grimes, in many ways her best. It's more experimental, more expansive and melodic than Visions and Geidi Primes. Lots of synths, and some of the standout tracks spotlight unusual instruments, surreal Enya-like vocals, and not quite recognisable lyrics. Some pop ditties here, but not as dominates Visions. Reminds one of Area, The Knife, Broadcast, Hex, Lykke Li, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush.

Great for chillout, low key nights with others, and as artmuseum spaceout.
Best tracks: dream fortress, sagrad, world princess, my sister. Definitely recommended, and repays repeated listens.
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on 15 April 2013
Grimes is amazing! I bought this album having not heard any of it before, only hearing her more recent stuff. This album is a bit harder to get in to as it's not as 'pop' as visions. It is worth getting if you like Grimes though, with some interesting bits. Plus she did all the cover artwork and it's incredible!
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on 11 December 2015
There are plenty of hauntingly surreal and quasi-shamanic tracks full of girlish vocals; I particularly like Dream Fortress and World Princess. Grimes expresses very clearly her own kind of introverted, individualistic femininity; this I find liberating, especially but not exclusively when living as a woman.

The album is not as good as I remember Visions from listening to it on YouTube. In particular some of the tracks have electronic sonds I found a bit staccatto, beat-driven and cheesy, set to overly simple tunes; that didn't go too well with the overall mood and complexity of the album. I simply leave out from my playlists the tracks that annoy me -- and I'm left with a dreamy, creativity-enhancing experience.
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on 20 August 2014
Her strongest album, a great balance of credible innovation and pop nous
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on 3 February 2015
Deep, dark, and very good. Depressing, floating tunes over-set with Clare Boucher's bubble-gum voice make for a very interesting listening experience.
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on 13 August 2015
Really good 😀
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on 25 September 2014
Fabulous album
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on 13 July 2012
I wanted to listen Grimes and get an album, i got 3 albums together in an Amazon deal, and now i have loads of music to listen to. I am an artist and i love to paint to this music, love it. The seller was fine too.
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on 28 November 2015
bought for a friend
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