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Album Review

Displaying the kind of intensity that makes Nick Cave look like a member of One Direction, Aiden Grimshaw's haunting performances on The X-Factor were both captivating and creepy in equal measure. Thankfully, in the two years since he was booted out before such musical luminaries as Katie Waissel and Wagner, he's learned how to best control his teenage angst for his surprisingly left-field debut album, Misty Eye. Indeed, flirting with everything from James Blake-esque folktronica ("Poachers' Timing") to emotive drum'n'bass ("What We Gonna Be") to delicate piano balladry ("Be Myself"), it's a record which bears few hallmarks of his talent show past. There may be a cover version, but it's a beautifully understated rendition of Sia's "Breathe Me" which makes the grade here, rather than the karaoke favorites usually handed out to Cowell's alumni. And despite the odd dabble with dubstep ("Hold On"), there's a refreshing lack of bandwagon jumping, with the majority of its ten tracks harking back to the dinner party electronica of the '90s. "Nothing at All" echoes the orchestral trip-hop of Massive Attack, as does the claustrophobic title track, while standout "Curtain Call," a collaboration with Labrinth's sister ShazAr, recalls the emotive gospel-blues of Moby's ubiquitous Play. Judging by his extremely brief cameo in the video for lead single "Is This Love," Grimshaw still appears to be the reluctant pop star. But on the basis of Misty Eye, he might have to get used to being one. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews


It is an utter crime to music how unappreciated this man is. This album is unbelievable. He has such an earthy, strong grit to his voice which makes his music so unique. This, coupled with the fact these songs are fantastically written, make one of the most surprising and credibly authentic albums in a while.

Good for you kid!

One of the best pop albums of the year. Intelligent lyrics, good production throughout and the acoustic tracks are brilliant.

Best album ever!

In love with this album, it's well worth every second of the two years we've waited for Aiden's music and it won't disappoint. It makes people look foolish for having negative opinions of aiden based on X Factor - wipes the other contestants off the map! So UNBELIEVABLY proud of him <3


Born: 04 December 1991 in Blackpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Aiden Grimshaw’s rise to fame came through his participation in the 2010 season of Simon Cowell’s U.K. X Factor show. Born in Blackpool, England in December 1991, Grimshaw had spent his time at the Michael Hall Theatre School before earning himself a part in the BBC Children’s show Half Moon Investigations. Auditioning for The X Factor in 2010, with a rendition of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” Grimshaw sailed through to the live finals. Eschewing the normal “pop-star” route, Grimshaw opted for stripped-back,...
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Misty Eye (Deluxe Version), Aiden Grimshaw
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: 17 August 2012

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