Tales of a GrassWidow

CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #624 / 1023
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2013 Ratings: #340
May 27, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
Art Pop, Folktronica / Genres
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Tales of a GrassWidow may not be as overtly challenging as Grey Oceans, but it offers some of CocoRosie's most focused, accomplished songs yet.


The album explicitly alludes to past CocoRosie repertoire while eliminating the excess and lack of focus that created hiccups on earlier outings. 

Drowned in Sound

Once you get stuck in, their experimental bravery and two-fingers-up confidence begs a second, third, fourth listen, during which what is admirable and individual about the band is allowed to come to the fore.


Tales Of A GrassWidow won’t alter opinions; if anything it’ll cement them. But for those who enjoy CocoRosie, album number five is every bit as intriguing and fulfilling as they’d hope.

The 405

On Tales Of A GrassWidow, the almost unbelievable set of circumstances and experiences that have shaped CocoRosie’s lives and musical styles to date are as influential as they have always been - eccentric, diverse, challenging and beautiful.

Consequence of Sound

There is much to be charmed by here, and many layers to be uncovered through repeated listens. However, a few standout tracks make everything else look a little pale by comparison.


It's all remarkably pleasant for a CocoRosie album-- you leave it not with the feeling of having weathered an intriguing, baffling ordeal, but of having listened to something recognizable as an album.

The Line of Best Fit

In the main Tales of a GrassWidow is an invigorating listen, a patchwork of shifting moods and genres


CocoRosie certainly revel in their unorthodoxy but this doesn’t always make for enjoyable listening; perhaps if their 'Tales Of A Grasswidow' knew how to breathe, their macabre hymns might pack a little more pluck.


Their auto-tuned Björk caricatures are not only an insult to Björk—but also to auto-tune and the human voice in general.

Pretty Much Amazing

While not something one would ever want to listen to again, Tales of a Grass Widow is progress for the Casady sisters.

It is mystically captivating.
This is a whole pot of folky, Björky, alternative stuff mixed together, it may not be palatable for everyone. But it will be a interesting listen to say the least.
The two girls keep playing with their instruments as they're their dolls.
OK, that's not necessarily a disadvantage but it's not also an advantage.
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Track List

  1. After the Afterlife
  2. Tears For Animals
  3. Child Bride
  4. Broken Chariot
  5. End Of Time
  6. Harmless Monster 
  7. Gravediggress 
  8. Far Away
  9. Roots Of My Hair
  10. Villain 
  11. Poison
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Added on: February 13, 2013