Grown Unknown - Lia Ices
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  • Summary: The second album for the singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, was written while she was in Vermont.
  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Ices' lush melodies and dreamy voice will convert skeptics and mesmerize supporters of Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom.
  2. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    This is a hugely varied set: the title track starts with a barrage of Missy Elliott-style clapping, "New Myth" sounds like a mournful colliery band anthem, while the gorgeous "Daphene" sounds like a folk-rock Fleetwood Mac. [Feb 2011, p.89]
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Just like her collaborator Bon Iver, Lia Ices seems to instinctively know that less is delectably more. [Mar 2011, p.p94]
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    72
    That kind of less-is-more approach, where all the clutter is shaved down to a paper-thin framework, is where Ices produces her most affecting material, potentially sketching out a new strain of inspiration for her to follow next time out.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    Grown Unknown explores a kind of lost elegance: it's half drowned-in-gorgeous-reverb country of the kind Gram Parsons could nod sagely at, half stately post-'60s rock & roll as elegant mood music via the Band rather than Roxy Music.
  6. Mar 8, 2011
    68
    As strong and alluring as she may be, however, the album is a straightforward waltz through Bon Iver territory.
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    60
    The overall effect of Grown Unknown is subtly powerful. For an album so quiet, so insistent on its plodding pace, there are moments of sheer beauty and surprising energy.

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