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  • Summary: The fourth release for the Canadian artist Claire Boucher is her first on the 4AD label.
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
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Oblivion
Another walk about, after dark It's my point of view If someone could break your neck Coming up behind you always coming and you'd never have a... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    91
    On her 4AD debut, Visions, she continues her march toward accessibility, rendering hazy, quixotic sketches into tangible, hook-heavy electro-pop.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    86
    Visions is exactly what it sounds like: it's an aesthetic and conceptual vision, one utterly unique to Boucher, and it's both strange and satisfying.
  3. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    While Visions is unmistakably 2012 sonically in its references to R&B and hip-hop, it also fits remarkably gracefully into 4AD's impressive back catalogue of dream pop.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.
  5. Mar 26, 2012
    80
    Visions is beautifully conceived and executed, musically, lyrically and thematically.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    When it works, it makes for gloriously contradictory pop--it's just a shame that the formula isn't a little more consistent.
  7. 50
    It's a bummer that Visions ended up as a fever dream of a record: unnecessarily oblique, listlessly long (48 minutes!), and painfully shapeless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. May 5, 2012
    10
    Claire's ethereal dream pop music style is setted up in this record, and maximized. Not much alike her last two, this is a pavement to aClaire's ethereal dream pop music style is setted up in this record, and maximized. Not much alike her last two, this is a pavement to a success, and the songs seems to be attached. 'Genesis' and 'Oblivion' sounds like featured stories. 'Circumambient', 'Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)' and 'Visiting Statue' are the best recordings in this album. It is the year's best until now. Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2015
    10
    Claire's revelation. This album is a completely masterpiece, a revelation, it's an incredible work of art, that fits perfectly with her voice,Claire's revelation. This album is a completely masterpiece, a revelation, it's an incredible work of art, that fits perfectly with her voice, it's so amazing. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2015
    10
    Skanējuma ziņā 13 albuma dziesmas varētu raksturot kā dabas skaņu elektronisku atspoguļojumu, kurš piedāvā pilnīgu izjūtu gammu no prieka līdzSkanējuma ziņā 13 albuma dziesmas varētu raksturot kā dabas skaņu elektronisku atspoguļojumu, kurš piedāvā pilnīgu izjūtu gammu no prieka līdz diskomfortam, bieži vien pat vienas dziesmas ietvaros. Tam pāri ir mīlīgā un nedaudz spocīgā, Āzijas popmūzikas subkultūru ietekmētā Grimes balstiņa, kas izdzied ABBA’s līmeņa lipīgas melodijas turklāt, lai izprastu viņas izdziedātās lirikas, ir nepieciešams ārkārtīgi sasprindzināt ausis. Tas arī ir iemesls kādēļ, lai gan Graimuška ieguva daudzu starptautisku mūzikas laikrakstu 2012. gada labākā albuma un dziesmas titulu ar šo darbu, kā arī pati Bijonc’ Noulz ir atzinusi, ka ir ietekmējusies no viņas, Klēras Bušeres augļi nekad neierindojās pārdotāko listēs. Taču pieļauju, ka pēc savādajām izjūtām, kas pārņem albumu noklausoties pirmoreiz, daudz jo daudzi ir ‘iekrituši’ šajā mūzikā. Nedaudz par dziesmām…

    Oblivion – albuma populārākais gabals, kurš diezgan intensīvi tika atskaņots dažās no Latvijas radiostacijām. Vienīgā dziesma, ar kuru man tā asociējās ir Ingusa Baukšķenieka “Čības” – noklausieties un salīdziniet ;D Zem dažiem, iespējams, šķietami tracinoši uzbāzīgā elektroniskā parauga dziesmā Grimes vītero par viņas baiļu konfrontēšanu no attiecībām ar vīriešiem: “… ’cause when you try to fight yourself, it’s really hard to fight someone who’s on your head”. Lai gan tēma varētu šķist lēta, tā ir izcili attīstīta lirikās un tas viss sasaucas ar ļoti jautro mūziku, pie kuras nākas kratīties un visu paspilgtina tizlās (vārda labajā nozīmē, ja tāda ir) izdziedātās, pusmeditatīvās “lā-lā-lā”, kas dziesmu padara infekciozu un nedaudz līdzīgu multfilmas “Nu Pogodi” ievadam. Ja šo dziesmu izpildītu Rihanna, tā kļūtu par viņas karjeras lielāko hitu, simt’ proč’.

    Genesis – Tā ir nedaudz līdzīga “Oblivion”, ārkārtīgi nomierinoša, mīļa un skanīga dziesma par mūžseno tēmu – patiesība ir mīlestībā, arī sevis mīlestībā. Atkal, lai gan šķiet, tas var būt banāli, lirikas šo domu attīsta izcili un gudri : “Home and I know; Playing the deck above; It’s always different; I’m the one in love”. Melodijā izmantoti Āzijas tautu mūzikas instrumentu elementi, kam apakšā ātrs, bet harmonisks elektronisks bīts.

    Eight – haotisks un robotisks [Čau, Linda! ;)], taču ārkārtīgi melodisks un lipīgs skaņdarbs. Māksla ne mūzika. Teksta ziņā dziesma par cipara ‘8’ maģisko nozīmi, taču, ja neatradīsiet to rakstveidā internetā, neko nesapratīsiet, jo Graimuškas balss šeit ir robotizēti autotjūnēta un spiedzīga.

    Citas ārkārtīgi krāsainas dziesmas – Be a Body; Night Music un Skin (Oj, jakbi Bejonce spjivala ce! Khit bulo/Ak, ja to dziedātu Bijonce, būtu hits/). Taču albums viss ikvienā tā izpausmes šķautnē ir ģeniāls un, ja mūzikā šķiet, ka trūkst kā svaiga un citāda ausij, to noteikti vērts noklausīties!
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  4. Dec 17, 2012
    10
    wow, only 2 weeks ago i discover her,,, and Visions becomes one of my favorites, Amazing album - dreamy electro pop sounds, a little bit ofwow, only 2 weeks ago i discover her,,, and Visions becomes one of my favorites, Amazing album - dreamy electro pop sounds, a little bit of rock.. but l love the most her voice... Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2016
    9
    A perfectionist work of dream pop, Claire Boucher may not be the greatest singer, but she's clearly a phenomenal producer, despite the songsA perfectionist work of dream pop, Claire Boucher may not be the greatest singer, but she's clearly a phenomenal producer, despite the songs not being very eloquently, it is an amazing atmosphere created for the oneiric Visions. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    9
    Ok. I am officially in love with Grimes. I just think that sometimes her voice is kind of annoying, but nothing that spoils the beauty of thisOk. I am officially in love with Grimes. I just think that sometimes her voice is kind of annoying, but nothing that spoils the beauty of this wonderful album. Expand
  7. Jul 5, 2017
    6
    Vision is not a bad album, but feels rushed and unfinished compared to her other works.
    However, the ideas are there, and they are good, it
    Vision is not a bad album, but feels rushed and unfinished compared to her other works.
    However, the ideas are there, and they are good, it just that they aren’t as refined as they should and don’t really make me eager to listen to the full album in one take.
    Being what it is I find this album to be the one which confirms Grimes talent that will be recognized by everyone in Art Angels.
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