Grouper - Grid of Points
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #138 / 722
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2018 Ratings: #365
April 27, 2018 / Release Date
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Kranky / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Like its predecessor, the album is musically stripped to its most utilitarian elements, focusing on Harris’s voice and piano, with almost nothing else permitted to enter the frame. If there is a notable difference in sound, it’s that the artist’s singing no longer marches in strict time and pitch with the piano’s melody, but ventures into the occasional portamento, gifting a few beautiful jazz notes to the piece.
90
Drowned in Sound

Grid of Points is the sound of what’s left after the winds have subsided. It’s astonishingly beautiful and astonishingly, painfully real.

90
Crack Magazine

Absence and understatement have always been favourite tools of Harris’, and in Grid of Points she deploys them to full effect. A sense of loss pervades throughout, but somehow, the album is also a strangely feel-good release – one that resonates with quiet, compelling confidence.

83
A.V. Club

Grid’s abbreviated runtime doesn’t give you much time to linger in it, and some melodies simply prove too gossamer to grab on to. Harris’ lyrics, as ever, are more sensed than received. Yet it’s another uniquely immersive, meditative experience, however briefly it lasts.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It was written and recorded in only a week and a half, and this is the beauty of it. Harris has managed to capture an emotion and deliver it in its rawest and purest form.

80
Exclaim!

It's Grouper at its most economical, fitting seven gorgeously articulated, sepia-toned vignettes into the space of 22 minutes.

80
NME

‘Grid of Points’ is a seemingly-unfinished bunch of loose ends that somehow appear complete when combined. Further evidence of Harris’ dark art, for which she has no real peers.

80
The Skinny

Liz Harris' new album as Grouper is starker and even more stripped-back than before, but filled with as much beauty as ever.

80
Sputnikmusic

It’s more Grouper, more seraphic whispering choirs, more formless and nebulous piano songs about “emotional garbage” that send shivers up your spine. It’s also only twenty-one minutes long and scant on melody, beckoning patience that I may not have afforded if I hadn’t felt the weight of Grouper’s reputation as I listened.

80
Resident Advisor

On Grid Of Points these passages, and the silences in between, invite deep exploration.

80
The 405

Despite its brevity at just 7 songs in 22-minutes, the handful of songs here accomplish more than most average full-lengths do in terms of emotional depth.

80
AllMusic

Harris takes a minimalist approach on Grid of Points, but she imbues it with so much feeling that it could never be called slight.

80
PopMatters

Harris revisits the design of Ruins and guides it into a new form, one that's less immediately fulfilling, yet more stimulating, in a strange way. It's an album that's truly broken and poignant, and, most importantly, one that teaches us to see the beauty in our limited view.

78
Pitchfork

Liz Harris’ sparse, 22-minute record follows the trajectory of her 2014 album Ruins to a place that feels even more wind-blown and remote.

75
Northern Transmissions

On Grid of Points, Grouper uses impressionistic vocals and piano like carbon paper to trace outlines of vast negative spaces in which listeners can dwell and unfurl their own thoughts while being prompted by whatever obfuscated lyrics they can decipher.

70
musicOMH

The relative brevity and sparseness of the album, allied to the fact that it largely extends ideas laid down earlier in Harris’s career, won’t see Grid Of Points talked of in the same elevated way as some of her other work.

70
Spectrum Culture
Though its 22 minutes might forever consign it to the ignominious role of a quickie ambient album to throw on while you walk to the corner store, the best place to listen to it is in nature.
70
No Ripcord

The 22-minute composition spills softly like a calm tide, the morning after a storm wrecked havoc. It finds Harris in a state of restful contemplation, and as it is with most of her work, we're left to decipher its open interpretation.

60
Loud and Quiet

Fans of Grouper’s songwriting will find gorgeous moments to wrap themselves up in, but they’re more fleeting than the long-lasting wistfulness of the album it pulls so heavily from.

BradTasteMusic
65
It sounds pretty, so I give points there. However it fell into the background so fast and I wish I could understand a single thing being said through walls of reverb
nemgax
79
good for a 20 minute cry
siberianbreaks
65
Continuation of Ruins which is fine by me. Liz's songwriting usually leaves me blank so I usually stick with someone whose melodies are more resonant like Joanne Robertson for my share of airy, singer/songwriter music. Anyway, it's more about the way her music occupies space. Reverb is tastefully utilized as expected, but in the case of this piano setting, Liz's selection of notes, how to perform them, and ultimately what to leave out is near-masterful. This is what "quiet" music is ... read more
hellodecatur
NR
let's astral project y'all
brennanutley
70
Too many tracks sound too close to Ruins. I was really excited based on her glorious Paradise Valley single, but this just seems like Ruins B-Sides to me. Not bad, but I want more. I'll still listen to some Grouper though. She still has my 💖
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Track List

  1. The Races
  2. Parking Lot
  3. Driving
  4. Thanksgiving Song
  5. Birthday Song
  6. Blouse
  7. Breathing
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