14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Art Angels’ opening trio of songs present a handy summation of Claire Boucher’s singular appeal. The operatic “Laughing and Not Being Normal” opens before making way for “California”. Ostensibly an irresistible country-twanged foot-tapper and easily the catchiest thing she’s recorded, its lyrics unload a bleak commentary on her industry’s treatment of female stars. Next up: the strident “Scream” featuring Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and plenty of actual howling. Whether discordant and urgent (“Flesh without Blood”, “Kill V. Maim”) or dazzlingly beautiful (“Easily”, “Pin”), Art Angels is a Catherine wheel of ferocious pop invention and Grimes’ grandest achievement.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Art Angels’ opening trio of songs present a handy summation of Claire Boucher’s singular appeal. The operatic “Laughing and Not Being Normal” opens before making way for “California”. Ostensibly an irresistible country-twanged foot-tapper and easily the catchiest thing she’s recorded, its lyrics unload a bleak commentary on her industry’s treatment of female stars. Next up: the strident “Scream” featuring Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes and plenty of actual howling. Whether discordant and urgent (“Flesh without Blood”, “Kill V. Maim”) or dazzlingly beautiful (“Easily”, “Pin”), Art Angels is a Catherine wheel of ferocious pop invention and Grimes’ grandest achievement.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
130 Ratings
130 Ratings
LocalStigmatic ,

About as good as pop music gets...

Grimes has not ‘gone pop’ - Grimes has always been very clear about being a pop project from the start. Her songwriting, singing, and especially production have gone up 10 levels on ‘Art Angels’. The beats sound absolutely massive. Especially on ‘Flesh Without Blood’, ‘Kill vs Maim’, ‘Artangels’ and ‘Butterfly’. If you’re wondering if there’s anything as strong and catchy as ‘Flesh Without Blood’ on there, the answer is YES. ‘Artangels’ (the song) has banging techno beats not a million miles away from ‘REALiTi’, and an outro chorus ‘I don’t need your medicine, that’s alright, I’m high on adrenaline, that’s right, that’s right, that’s right’, which you won’t be able to get out of your mind for months. I don’t know what the words to the chorus of ‘Kill vs Maim’ are, but it sounds huge and every bit as catchy as ‘Go’ - expect it to be a single. If you liked ‘Entropy’ and the softer, acoustic side of ‘Grimes’, you’ll really enjoy ‘Belly Of The Beat’, with another catchy hook.
So, if you’re ‘disappointed’ at Grimes ‘selling out’ and moving away from Medieval techno-pop, ask yourself who else out there is recording Taiwanese surf-rock with death-metal screams? The tunes are more immediate, but the dark strange unique heart of Grimes that we all love is still beating. And harder!

Mattp71 ,

MRP

Superb

Jo Tampoco ,

I'm a middle-aged English bloke and...

...I think this is absolutely wonderful. My fellow middle aged blokes dismiss it instantly because it usues a lot of familiar pop catches and I'm kind of disappointed in them for not looking a little deeper. I on the other hand feel totally young and funky now, so it's their loss

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