Grey Oceans

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  • Summary: The French-based sister duo releases its first album on Sub Pop records after the previous three were released by Touch and Go Records.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
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  1. Weird it may be, but when CocoRosie get it right, as with the cutesy pop and dark piano melancholy mix of Lemonade, or the beautiful ethereal balladry of the title track for example, they are unstoppable.
  2. 76
    For this blissfully weirdo fourth outing, the sisters Casady freakishly but joyfully plunder the odder bits of medieval folk, drum and bass, Western saloon and Mitteleuropa gothic elements.
  3. 70
    The sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady plus a few guests (jazz pianist Gael Rakotondrabe, Argentine drummer Bolsa) improvise another trek through their active imaginations, doing whatever makes sense (or not) to them that day.
  4. Mojo
    60
    Another helping of skew-whiff artiness from teh oddball Casady siblings. [June 2010, p. 99]
  5. Some will have the patience and tolerance for searching repeatedly through Grey Oceans to uncover moments of thoughtful beauty. But they're a little harder to find than they should be.
  6. What saves Grey Oceans is the occasional good idea: the Eastern-tinged Smokey Taboo mixes tablas and wilting strings with Bianca's woozy, half-rapped vocal to impressive effect, while the very peculiar Fairy Paradise is, more or less, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy as remixed by Paul van Dyk.
  7. More often, however, CooRosie appear uninterested in the listener's experience--and that can make Grey Oceans a bit of a slog. The cost of their commitment is you.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. jeremy
    May 17, 2010
    10
    People just don't get them.
  2. Oct 15, 2011
    8
    The scattered memories from the childhood, tastes of forgotten dreams, the thoughts that live in the bottom of our minds... All these thingsThe scattered memories from the childhood, tastes of forgotten dreams, the thoughts that live in the bottom of our minds... All these things come to me while I listen to this strange yet beautiful music. You might not like this music, but I am sure it's worth a try. Expand