- Visions

Grimes - Visions
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 31 reviews
2012 Rank: #86 / 929
USER SCORE
81
Based on
528 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Amazon
iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

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.

65
Northern Transmissions

Grimes could very well do okay with this new album as a track like “Oblivion” clearly stands out, but I’d be surprised if it broke through with any significant notoriety, but that’s not to say that she can’t in the future.

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

Dec 23, 2016
DEEPSLEEP
80
TOP 5 CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL TIME / 2 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

#2: Grimes - Symphonia IX (my wait is you)

This obviously isn't your traditional Christmas themed song, I wouldn't even consider it Christmas music in the first place- but I still treat it as such. I'm not saying I'd play Symphonia at a Christmas party but I'd gladly play this in my house on a cold winter night.
Nov 2, 2016
domenic
82
WHERE AM I
Nov 3, 2015
SiberianBreaks
48
Grimes definitely sets herself apart from all of the other bedroom pop acts of the decade with her quirky synths and otherworldly vocals, but I feel that there's still little substance over all that style. To me it just sounds like the majority of dream pop today: songs that focus more on hazy atmospherics and less on memorable songwriting.

Favourite tracks: Circumambient, Skin
Nov 14, 2014
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
Aug 6, 2017
orengue
78
Visions stands as the representative album of Grimes, it introduces you to her and gives you a taste of how her other albums can be.
More user reviews
Beach House - Bloom

Beach House

Bloom

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House

Teen Dream

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange

Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West

Yeezus

Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala

Lonerism

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)


Added on: October 27, 2011