You Are All I See - Active Child
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  • Band members: Patrick James Grossi
  • Summary: The electronic music project of Paul Grossi is filled with diverse sounds and many synthesized instruments.
  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Ambient Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 27, 2011
    You Are All I See is all about the shimmer, as if rather than playing with cutting edge tech Grossi's touch is so deft, and the sound so seemingly in tune with the natural world, he somehow is able to play with light.
  2. Oct 18, 2011
    Odd missteps apart You Are All I see turns out to be one of the year's boldest, most beautiful debuts. [Nov 2011, p.81]
  3. May 31, 2012
    The glitchy future R&B of Playing House is evidence of Active Child's depth, but it's the emotional blood-letting of tracks like dark hymnal Way Too Fast which gives this record a gravitas most popular music never achieves. [Jan 2012, p.92]
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    His words are layers of palpable atmospherics; subtle and pleading at times, worried and demanding at others, mainly steeped in a falsetto that rarely wears thin - note "rarely" - it occasionally causes the eardrums to glaze over.
  5. 70
    The epic emoting can feel a tad weighty towards the end, but you're left with a solid impression of who Active Child is, rather than who he wants to be.
  6. Aug 26, 2011
    The biggest caveat of this album is that the retro aesthetic mars Grossi's attempts at emotional connection--it tries to resonate, but by tapping into our memories of heartstrings and not our actual heartstrings, it falls short. But as production goes, it's a success.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    You Are All I See is the debut album from Active Child, the band that Los Angeles singer-songwriter Pat Grossi has steadily built around his sweeping harp, pining falsetto, and shuddering beats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    So vastly unique and a real fresh take on bedroom pop. Even the weakest songs in the middle of the record have a certain air around them. What a fantastic album. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    One of the best chillwave releases of the year; fantastic, ethereal vocals, elegant instrumentation and honest, soulful lyrics. There's a melancholic beauty that permeates the entire album which I'm really impressed by. I can't wait to see what Pat Grossi comes up with next. Expand