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Mature, Spiritual, and Beautiful...,
This review is from: Grey Oceans (Audio CD)
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!
The reason I love CocoRosie's music is that it's passionate and emotionally charged, it is, I believe, the most unique music I listen to. I believe that it's very spiritual, sincere, and it really is very beautifully crafted. I always say that, with CocoRosie's music, the best thing to do is to forget about how "weird" the vocals are, and just listen to the instruments, the melodies, and the atmosphere that these sounds create.
"Grey Oceans" is the duo's fourth album, realeased in May 2010. While their previous album, "The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn" was very electronic, this one is mainly accoustic instrumentation, with bits of electronics sparkling through. The first thing I noticed is how soft and spiritual the mood of the album is. The instrumentation is clearly influenced by their travels around the World, and their interests in different cultures. Their "weirdness", which was definitely full-blown in previous releases, is a bit more toned-down on this ablum (altough it is still very strange).
"Trinity's Crying" and "Smokey Taboo" start the album off with an accoustic, spiritual vibe. "Hopscotch" gives us the craziness we are used to. It's rather silly and fun, but so beautiful at the same time (a strange combination). "Undertaker" goes back to the accoustic, spiritual feeling of the first two tracks. The sisters then each take turns on singing their own ballads, starting with Bianca's "Grey Oceans" which is just Bianca's vocals and piano. Sierra's turn comes next with "R.I.P. Burn Face" which is made up of Sierra's vocals, sparkly electronics, and hip-hop beats. This is, easily, one of the most beauitful lullabies CocoRosie have made.
"The Moon asked the Crow" starts off with piano, and then hip-hop beats and Bianca's rapping are thrown in. I have to say that this combination of piano and beats is just genius! A fun, quirky, up-beat, and of course, beautiful track! "Lemonade" is the albums single. Dark, sad, and so emotional, it shows how good these girls are. The music video is really beautiful; worth checking out on Youtube. "Gallows" is sung by Sierra, and is made up of what sounds like a harp, and electronic sparkles, with sounds of bats and night-time creatures. A beautiful, spooky song that makes me think of a walk through a graveyard in the middle of the night. The mood goes up with "Fairy Paradise", which is, surprisingly, very dancey! Fans of hard techno or trance music will be inpressed! The last track "Here I Come" has an odd, almost jazzy feel, and ends the album very well.
"Grey Oceans" shows that CocoRosie are real musicians. It is defintely their most mature, versatile, and maybe even their most beautiful (altough that would be hard to pick) album so far. It's album cover (which, by the way, is incredibly ugly) doesn't do it the justice it deserves.
Another beautiful album from an amazing pair of talented artists...