- Visions

Grimes - Visions
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Rank: #63 / 881
USER SCORE
81
Based on
389 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

She continues her march toward accessibility, rendering hazy, quixotic sketches into tangible, hook-heavy electro-pop.

91
Pretty Much Amazing
It sounds like the record she’s always been trying to make; chromatically glossy and clean, completely unified and assured.
90
musicOMH

It's an album to live in and love, to dance to and to wallow in.

90
Sputnikmusic

Although Visions feels too light (but not lightweight) to indicate intentions on Boucher's part to create a record of capital-S Significance, ignoring Visions' considerable weight as a fully formed work of art discredits her achievement.

90
XLR8R

There's no doubt that Visions is an excellent album. Though it may be Boucher's third proper LP as Grimes, it sounds like the debut of a young artist, which is to say there are some missteps—albeit a rare occurrence. 

86
Coke Machine Glow

Visions, Boucher’s fourth formal release in just under two years and the best thing she’s yet put her name to by far, is very likely to be weird music’s worldwide coming out party.

85
Pitchfork

Visions finds Boucher mining not just the clean brightness of Aphex Twin-like atmospherics but also the immediacy of straight-up mall-pop

83
Entertainment Weekly

She’s got her own dreamy, glitchy art-pop. And yes, she’s still cooler than you.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
We need pop music that sounds like this right now, because no one else seems quite so capable of confronting the tangle of expectations (or lack of expectations) in the post-capitalist music terrain.
80
PopMatters

Visions’ rebellious contrariness to evade classification is part of the design and certainly part of the charm.

80
AllMusic

Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.

80
NME

It’s like skipping through a thousand excellent tracks on your iPod shuffle and isolating 13 perfect moments.

80
No Ripcord

Visions is beautifully conceived and executed, musically, lyrically and thematically.

80
Resident Advisor
Slightly distant, hazy synth pop is dime-a-dozen these days, and it's easy to get wrapped up in skepticism around this stuff. But there's something polyglot and cosmopolitan about Boucher's particular brand.
80
DIY
Each song is a sonic pop adventure, mixing the best bits of music from the last few years to create an album that woos and moves and makes you want to dance around your bedroom.
80
The Fly
‘Visions’ is an album imbued with both the zombie-like grogginess of insomnia and the dark-minded thoughts of the obsessive and overtired.
80
The Skinny
Although apt to bewitch the listener with its seductive pop signifiers, this is music that stands up to obsessive scrutiny.
80
Clash
With 4AD’s renewed vigor in all affairs electonique and Boucher’s coherent elevation in both song quality and hook there’ll be no stopping this creative, sensual explosion of humanity called Grimes.
80
The Guardian

It's fit to burst with bone-bending synths, insistent beats and a sometimes shrill vocal that manages to both charm and unsettle.

80
NOW Magazine

Grimes just raised the bar even further with her richly textured and inventive new album (the third in just two years).

78
Beats Per Minute

Delicious yet uncomplicated, satisfying but hardly filling, Visions showcases an artist with clear talent and potential.

75
The 405

Were this an EP, it might have been a perfect release, but as it stands Visions, while improving on previous work, is not yet the career defining moment that Boucher seemed to suggest it might be.

70
Consequence of Sound

Visions is a remarkable outing for Boucher in that it manages to showcase her knack for spinning bits and pieces from all points on the musical spectrum into crafty, easily digestible pop.

70
Spin

Boucher's talent lies in the balance of exploiting her gifts and leveraging what's come before her, but judiciously.

70
FACT Magazine

As time wears on you start to feel that things are a bit too ethereal, as ideas fall short of solidifying into concrete hooks and structures begin to feel just slightly aimless

70
Drowned in Sound

Everything on Visions smells crisp and clean, doused in eco-friendly laundry detergent; there is no stench of compromise here.

60
Rolling Stone
Grimes isn't spooky enough to be "ghostly," and not substantial enough to hold your attention.
60
Slant Magazine
Vignette-like and capricious, the album is a portrait of a songwriter indulging her mercurial tastes for her own satisfaction.
50
Under The Radar

Visions isn’t as much of an evolution as it is an elongation

asjklas
84
Visions requires patience in a sense that it takes multiple listens—about as many as Grimes' layered vocals, which have been documented to reach up to 50—and once the less climactic ones are skipped, it's a surprisingly pleasant experience the more it grows on you. A few of my favorite highlights that didn't catch me upon the first or second listen are "Skin", a seductive-in-a-Grimes-way ballad that transitions from soulful R&B to dark, calming synths you swore you ... read more
BuffaloStaple
60
Nothing too substantial here for me, besides Oblivion that is, that shit is in my head all the fucking time
75
Fav Tracks: Oblivion, Genesis , Skin
Sinestroll
81
★★★★★: Genesis • Oblivion
80
This is a new beginning for pop and I think that this is the Album that will show people what Grimes is capable of doing. This is a great Album, but I am sure this isn't the peak for Grimes.
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DETAILS

February 21, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Arbutus / Label
Synthpop, Dream Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Infinite ♡ Without Fulfillment (intro) 
  2. Genesis 
  3. Oblivion
  4. Eight 
  5. Circumambient 
  6. Vowels = space and time 
  7. Visiting Statue
  8. Be A Body (侘寂) 
  9. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) [ft. Doldrums] 
  10. Symphonia IX (my wait is u) 
  11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Cloudz) 
  12. Skin 
  13. know the way (outro)
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