Grey Oceans

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: May 11, 2010
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2017
    6
    Despite being born in the United States, the duo that is CocoRosie feels completely out of the world, and at times hauntingly beautiful, withDespite being born in the United States, the duo that is CocoRosie feels completely out of the world, and at times hauntingly beautiful, with their fourth studio album, Grey Oceans. However, while their experimental folk style and rich atmospheres sound immensely enticing, the overall execution of the record has many moments where it falls flat on its face, completely ruining an otherwise ingenious and great album.

    The root of the problem with this release seems to stem from the overuse of one of CocoRosie’s defining elements… their experimentation. While songs like “Trinity’s Crying” lead to enchanting soundscapes of wonder, and equally as beautiful singing, other songs like “Hopscotch” completely take you out of the experience you’re having with the album, and make it a struggle to get back to the immersion. Indeed, this over-experimentation constantly takes good song ideas and removes their beauty, leaving the album a bit bland feeling. When the songs are left alone, with just the right amount of kooky ideas, you get songs like “Grey Oceans,” “R.I.P. Burn Face,” “The Moon Asked The Crow,” and “Lemonade.” When the songs have unneeded and extra concepts added to them, you get songs like “Undertaker,” and “Fairy Paradise” (the latter of the two containing jarringly off time vocals).

    With these problems mixed in with victories, it is not hard to see why CocoRosie has always been such a polarizing artist. Some love them, some hate them, and personally I’m just left with an empty feeling that screams “This could’ve been something amazing… but it wasn’t.”
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