Grimes - Halfaxa
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Based on 322 ratings
2010 Ratings: #205
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October 5, 2010 / Release Date
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Dream Pop / Genres
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Coke Machine Glow

Halfaxa is something of a hand-crafted masterpiece, as unexpected as it as suddenly essential.

Record Collector

Boucher was improving her craft with each release and sophomore album Halfaxa, issued later that year, was a significant step forward in quality.


Halfaxa is Grimes at her most mystical.

Drowned in Sound

Unfurling wisps of disjointed electronics and heavily obfuscated lyrics (rendered all the more unintelligible by her song titles), Halfaxa pays homage to a vast canon of pop, from Mariah Carey to Depeche Mode.

Halfaxa feels like that really weird dream you struggle to remember but feel really intrigued about. Like nothing and everything at the same time.
Grimes transmits her sorrowful thoughts and dark feelings successfully through the mystic atmosphere that surrounds this album.
With dreamlike instrumentation and angelic vocals that oftenly get lost into the mix of heavenly samples and abstract melodies.
At first it doesn't look like a big deal but everytime I come back to it I find more things that ... read more
Her best album
Strange yet soothing. Something to make me feel a little unsettled but more comfortable. An oxymoron of an album, one that has no true meaning, just leave everything up to interpretation of the listeners ear.
The production feels floating in a deep cloud in a separate galaxy, and I would actually say this whole album sounds like it was created by an alien creature. Although on surface this may seem like a very vast and open work, the more I listened the more I began to notice the attention to ... read more
Grimes successfully constructs an album that sounds like you took three tabs of acid in a cathedral and now all the saints are moving their arms rhythmically. I find this to be Grimes' most psychedelic album and her most 'internet' based project. The names of the tracks range from words I know to the ohm symbol from physics (I think?) repeated ten times. I bring it up because it relates to the diversity of tracks found on this record. 'Sagrad прекрасный' is the first true Grimes ... read more
"Halfaxa" is a fine improvement on "Geidi Primes". Grimes' voice is better and the mixing is improved. I really like the dark and dreamy atmosphere of this record, with a lot of reverb coming from her vocals, the melodies and the ethereal instrumentation. It does suffer from "long idea syndrome", with some of these going nowhere throughout their five-minute runtime. Despite that, there are a few career highlights on here.

Fav Tracks: Dream Fortress, Sagrad ... read more
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Track List

  1. Outer 
  2. Intor / Flowers 
  3. Weregild 
  4. ????Rasik????
  5. Sagrad ??????????? 
  6. Dragvandil 
  7. Devon 
  8. Dream Fortress 
  9. World ? Princess
  10. ? River ? 
  11. Swan Song 
  12. ????????????????? 
  13. My Sister Says the Saddest Things 
  14. Hallways 
  15. Favriel
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