Grimes “Art Angels” Album Review

Jacob Jackson

Claire Boucher, commonly known in the music world as Grimes, has recently come out with a new album titled “Art Angels”. This new release has been anticipated ever since her previous release “Visions“, and the unfortunate announcement we heard about a year ago that she had scrapped an album’s worth of music. Now, however, we finally have more music from our favorite Canadian singer/songwriter/director/producer, that happens to be a little more on the pop side of things.

Straying from her Witch House roots, Art Angels combines her traditional left-field visuals with a musical foundation consisting of more pop music sounds and themes than would usually occur in a Grimes release. We see this in her new music video featuring two songs from the album; “Flesh Without Blood” and “Life in the Vivid Dream. This self-directed cinematic seems to juxtapose things such as vibrant colored Victorian fashion and a literal “art angel” with a modern setting/environment. While I’m not the biggest fan of the video myself, I can clearly see that there was a lot of creative effort put into it.

What I am a big fan of though, is the music. This album has a lot of diversity in what is featured on it, ranging from songs featuring beautiful opera-esque singing on the track “Laughing and Not Being Normal” to the banging bass and rapping found on “Venus Fly”. This album does have a few weak tracks on it though, most notably the song California, which consists of really basic lyrical content and an almost annoyingly catchy beat; it’s one of those songs that you realize isn’t that great, but you can’t stop listening to it. Other than that, this album bring out some of Grimes best music yet (in my opinion). Some of my favorite favorite tracks include:

Laughing and Not Being Normal
-has a beautiful piano and string medley throughout the song
-features high pitched opera-esque vocals that perfectly compliment the instrumentals

Venus Fly (featuring Janelle Monáe)
-is a high-energy, bassy song (something you’d hear in a club)
-has a pounding instrumentation
-features my favorite female vocalist

Life in the Vivid Dream
-has a wonderful guitar backing
-the vocals sound a lot more natural in contrast to her usual pitched-up singing
-I wish it was longer then a minute and a half

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised by this album. I was a bit weary when I heard that Grimes was going a different direction with her music, but I think she’s done a great job at executing it without losing her iconic sound. I give this album a strong 7/10 and will definitely be recommending it to others.