- Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 29 reviews
2015 Rank: #23 / 740
USER SCORE
81
Based on
677 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

She’s crafted a glorious pop monster entirely by her own mind, hand, and voice. Part dazzling confection, part snarling beast, Art Angels is a stitched together, hook ridden masterwork.

100
Exclaim!
Grimes has given us a complete record that's everything pop should be in 2015: utterly uncompromising, imaginative and, somehow, universally accessible.
100
DIY
It’s impossible to resist the instant, limb-grabbing appeal of the pop music Grimes is making here, and dizzyingly big, this is a record about shaking off every constraint, and wrenching hold of reality with both fists.
100
NOW Magazine

Boucher herself has come out to claim her music as genre-less, but the Art Angels incarnation of Grimes is through-and-through Frankenstein pop, influenced by so many irresistible sounds ... smashed together, somehow coming out just the right way.

91
A.V. Club
It’s slick and gritty, fun and funny, and horrifying and grotesque all at once. It will also make you shake your ass like nothing else.
91
Consequence of Sound

After Visions, the only thing Grimes could do was to grow as big as the landscape around her. Here’s her mountain.

90
Billboard

Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.

90
PopMatters

Art Angels is an uncompromisingly colorful conception of pop music’s kaleidoscopic future, a clash between modern dance pop conventions and the independent sensibility of a singular artist.

90
Northern Transmissions

Amidst these unpredictable soundscapes, the choruses are so catchy and touching that it’s easy to forget just how weird this music is, and that’s what makes it such a thrill.

85
The 405

Visions put Grimes on the map as pop's pure misfit but Art Angels secured her tangible place as the genre's most unconventional star. For those that doubted, she's done that thing she does, but better. More defined.

85
Pitchfork
Here, she closes the gap between the pop she's idolized and the pop she is capable of.
82
Resident Advisor

Art Angels wipes the fog from her lens and lays out her vision, clear and uncompromising.

80
NME

It would be reductive to call this record Boucher's ‘Grimes goes Pop’ moment, but it certainly feels like an attempt to bridge the gap between her fervent online cult and tangible, real-world success.

80
FasterLouder

There’s something that feels tangibly joyful on Art Angels that we didn’t hear on Visions.

80
musicOMH
Claire Boucher is very good at making pop music. Strange, esoteric pop music that sounds like something not quite of this world, but which manages to remain totally accessible.
80
Clash

This is the truest representation of Grimes we’ve heard yet: 'Art Angels' is boundary pushing, it’s listenable and it’s Boucher’s most ambitious and most consistent work to date.

80
Spin

It’s a triumph of Grimes as gloriously and unapologetically DIY producer, a pop singer politically and emotionally invested in your knowing that she made this all on her own — as if anything workshopped with a team of songwriters could sound so bracing and unpredictable.

80
Under The Radar
Grimes manages to face mounting hype with a skillful redefinition of boundaries. It may be new territory, but she's navigating it pretty damn well.
80
Drowned in Sound

In its ability to appeal to so many listeners, while being as thrilling on its first spin as it is on its fifteenth, Art Angels is likely to emerge from 2015 as one of the most universally adored albums of the year.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
With pacing like a serial manga franchise, the album shines through its relentless ability to grow on you, despite all odds.
80
AllMusic

It could all lead to sonic whiplash, but Boucher's staunchly independent viewpoint is the glue that holds together Art Angels.

80
Mojo
Crackling with radio-primed hooks, whipsnap breakbeats and Boucher’s helium-pitched vocals, Grimes’ third album makes a convincing strike for playlist ubiquity, with a healthy dollop of the oddball chucked in.
80
Crack Magazine

While Art Angels is a thrilling listen by design, some songs can’t carry through the excitement of some of the bigger sounds on the album.

80
The Independent

It’s not so much that she’s changed direction completely, as that she’s drained her art of the obfuscating sonic blabber to leave her pop aesthetic.

70
Slant Magazine
There's still some room for Boucher to further focus her ambitions, but this album is the surest evidence so far that she's game for the challenge.
70
Rolling Stone
The big news on her fourth album is how much she's upped her game as a writer and a singer, giving her music new polish and resonance.
70
The Needle Drop

Grimes returns with a diverse, well-produced pop album that's both accessible and odd.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Somehow she's always managed to tread a rare, thin line between catchy left-field creations and catchy mainstream pop. On Art Angels, we hear that high art experimentation fall into mainstream territory with only fleeting moments of brilliance.

40
God Is in the TV

Although, it’s still admirably produced completely by Boucher – when she could have easily sacrificed control – the clarity of her sound is significantly greater.

Nov 5, 2015
estenaosoueu
93
It's a good pop album. Deal with it hipsters!
Nov 6, 2015
DEEPSLEEP
94
それはダンス曲やエネルギーで雨だけで一つの大きな「バブルガム」ポップ・アルバムです。私のお気に入りの遠一つは、今年カバーによってカバーは、私はそれについてのすべてを愛し、です。
Nov 5, 2015
gabromzk
100
I don't get the hate. I love this album. I don't think is too mainstream. If you don't like her previous release you never gonna like this. The best pop album of 2015 so far. Best tracks: California, Flesh Without Blood, Kill V. Maim, World Princess part II, Realiti, Venus Fly. The whole album is a standout.
Nov 6, 2015*
JustAReflektor
34
by far the least original art-pop album of the last 20 years

Edit: it's growing on me fam. uh oh

Edit 2: nah it's shit
Nov 5, 2015
KenTLE
85
I understand the frustration of fans who did not expect such sugary music from Claire. But at the same time, this was bound to happen considering her anime influence. This is probably the closest we will get to hearing J-pop/K-pop type music on mainstream chart this side of the continent. For that I'm proud! But it's already evident that there will be a strong backlash as well.

Yes, I still prefer the experimentalism of her previous material; especially my favorite album Geidi Primes. But this ... read more
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MISC LISTS
# 1 - Exclaim (Pop & Rock)
# 5 - SPIN (Pop)
Track List
  1. laughing and not being normal 
  2. California 
  3. SCREAM [ft. Aristophanes]
  4. Flesh without Blood 
  5. Belly of the beat 
  6. Kill V. Maim 
  7. Artangels 
  8. Easily 
  9. Pin 
  10. Realiti 
  11. World Princess part II 
  12. Venus Fly [ft. Janelle Monáe]
  13. Life in the Vivid Dream 
  14. Butterfly


Added on: October 20, 2015