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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


THIS album is beyond words…… so underrated…… it's amazing.


This album is captivating from start to finish. I am very impressed. Its had some great reviews on the net too. Hope you enjoy it as much as me music lovers, with thanks and appreciation to Aiden Grimshaw and all involved


Wow.......such an amazing album and definitely worth the money!!!!
Spread the word about how amazing it is! Such a talented man! He's done SOOOOOO WELL!! Good luck for the future Aiden! You are going to go FAR!xxx


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, Aiden Grimshaw
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: 17 August 2012

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