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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

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26: GRIMES
VISIONS
(4AD)


‘Genesis’

Claire Boucher’s 4AD debut moved beyond the circumstantially lo-fi character of her early offerings Geidi Primes and Halfaxa for a profoundly inventive and just plain weird take on electro-pop. While the shifty rhythms can get a bit repetitive, they’re usually voiced differently, and they’re always paired with otherworldly synth-work that darts into uneasy, industrial territory. ‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’ deliver on the promise of last year’s breakthrough single ‘Vanessa’, demonstrating Boucher’s ear for melodies and hooks, and the pair are worth the price of admission alone.

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