• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Dec 11, 2015

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Dec 10, 2015
    Art Angels is the kind of album that simultaneously captures its era, is made all the better for it (this 35-year-old Beatles fan would’ve given her nothing but bad advice), and obsolesces it overnight.
  2. Nov 25, 2015
    Art Angels is made of the same dark candy, with even more weird and wonderful flavour combinations. I began to think of songs as three-minute gobstoppers in which layers dissolved unexpectedly.
  3. Nov 12, 2015
    It’s impossible to resist the instant, limb-grabbing appeal of the pop music Grimes is making here, and dizzyingly big, this is a record about shaking off every constraint, and wrenching hold of reality with both fists.
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    Grimes has given us a complete record that's everything pop should be in 2015: utterly uncompromising, imaginative and, somehow, universally accessible.
  5. 100
    Art Angels is the maximalist brainchild of a prodigious talent. It’s hugely entertaining. It’s delightfully bizarre. It’s refreshingly caustic.
  6. Nov 6, 2015
    Art Angels is a major victory for deep weird.
  7. Art Angels is us listening to personal triumph. Grimes has found her voice literally through the music.
  8. Nov 9, 2015
    After Visions, the only thing Grimes could do was to grow as big as the landscape around her. Here’s her mountain.
  9. Nov 6, 2015
    It’s slick and gritty, fun and funny, and horrifying and grotesque all at once. It will also make you shake your ass like nothing else.
  10. Nov 16, 2015
    In the fiercely competitive pop world, the coalescence of earworm melodies, lush production, and dynamic performances is usually the unlikely result of an ensemble effort of high-salaried professionals; alone, Boucher beats them at their own game and then some with one of the most rebellious, uncommonly bizarre records of the young post-modern pop era.
  11. Nov 9, 2015
    Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.
  12. Dec 2, 2015
    The first half of the album follows one knockout punch with another, with guitar-centric melodies underpinned by glitchy electronics that have more in common with 1980s post-punk and early industrial music than they do the pop mainstream.
  13. Nov 10, 2015
    What's most exciting within Art Angels is the sheer will and fearlessness of Boucher's fight to be heard and seen on her own terms.
  14. Nov 10, 2015
    Visions put Grimes on the map as pop's pure misfit but Art Angels secured her tangible place as the genre's most unconventional star. For those that doubted, she's done that thing she does, but better. More defined.
  15. Nov 13, 2015
    Art Angels wipes the fog from her lens and lays out her vision, clear and uncompromising.
  16. Dec 22, 2015
    Claire Boucher's fourth album is wilder, more ambitious, and--at least on the surface--more accessible than her breakthrough
  17. Dec 18, 2015
    Crackling with radio-primed hooks, whipsnap breakbeats and Boucher’s helium-pitched vocals, Grimes’ third album makes a convincing strike for playlist ubiquity, with a healthy dollop of the oddball chucked in.
  18. Uncut
    Dec 11, 2015
    You can sense the deceptively complex Art Angels will only continue to yield further depths with time. [Jan 2016, p.76]
  19. 80
    She’s self aware and independent. She proves pop doesn’t have to be drab and, instead, can be thoughtful and boundary pushing. Art Angels exists for those who love pop but even more so for those who actively avoid it.
  20. 80
    It’s not so much that she’s changed direction completely, as that she’s drained her art of the obfuscating sonic blabber to leave her pop aesthetic.
  21. Nov 18, 2015
    With pacing like a serial manga franchise, the album shines through its relentless ability to grow on you, despite all odds.
  22. Nov 16, 2015
    In its ability to appeal to so many listeners, while being as thrilling on its first spin as it is on its fifteenth, Art Angels is likely to emerge from 2015 as one of the most universally adored albums of the year.
  23. Nov 12, 2015
    Where Visions looked inward--sounding like the echo of your voice inside your skull--Art Angels blasts relentlessly outward; an unabashed pleasure seeking missile that blurs the lines between euphoria and the nauseating sickness of excess.
  24. Nov 11, 2015
    Grimes manages to face mounting hype with a skillful redefinition of boundaries. It may be new territory, but she's navigating it pretty damn well.
  25. Nov 10, 2015
    In her willingness to tread the line between the crushing flood of data and irrepressible pop hooks has created a record so undeniably of its time and place (that is, cyberspace) that it can’t be easily ignored.
  26. Nov 10, 2015
    Art Angels is boundary pushing, it’s listenable and it’s Boucher’s most ambitious and most consistent work to date.
  27. Nov 9, 2015
    Boucher’s pleasingly scattergun approach means that it doesn’t hold together as a fully coherent album. Yet after a couple of plays, the weird and wonderful world of Grimes soon starts to seep into you, and soon you won’t be able to imagine an ‘albums of the year’ article without this being on it--no matter what the sleeve looks like.
  28. By embracing the pop orthodoxy, you might argue that Boucher has sacrificed some of what made her seem so alien when 4AD debut 'Visions' emerged from the ether back in 2012, but rest assured: she's still laughing and not being normal, only this time, it's all the way to the bank.
  29. Nov 12, 2015
    Art Angels has a sharper, sleeker sound that sneakily suggests she made the leap to working with big-name producers--when in fact, as always, she did everything herself. And impressively.
  30. Nov 10, 2015
    When it all clicks, it's a perfect pop moment. The worst that can be said of Art Angels is that its maximalist ambitions sometimes overshoot the needs of pop.
  31. 60
    On Art Angels, we hear that high art experimentation fall into mainstream territory with only fleeting moments of brilliance.
  32. 60
    Packed as it is with all this goodness, Art Angels fails to comprehensively blow your mind. Ultimately, Grimes has not reinvented the pop wheel, she’s just driven it off road a little.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 996 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 996
  1. Nov 7, 2015
    By far this is the best album that Grimes has created in her career.

    Creatively, with a great production and well-directed composition,
    By far this is the best album that Grimes has created in her career.

    Creatively, with a great production and well-directed composition, Grimes knew how to involve and bring darkness to an alternative pop and that's wonderful. Moreover, she knew exactly how to fit the tracks in your sequence to keep simple, observant, dark and catchy at the same time.

    It's noteworthy amazing tracks like "REALiTi", "Venus Fly", "Butterfly" and "Kill V. Maim" which have, by far, the best plot of production and development.

    Finally, there is nothing to complain about something that's so amazing. Grimes finally arrived in a goddess level, surpassing her previous album "Visions".
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  2. Nov 9, 2015
    I envy someone who can offer this artist praise and support on a personal level. Given that privilege, I would probably lie and do exactlyI envy someone who can offer this artist praise and support on a personal level. Given that privilege, I would probably lie and do exactly that upon hearing Art Angels. Instead I have numbers and obscurity. Aside from "World Princess Part II," listening this album makes me feel small indeed. "Fan alienation" is moot -- there's no exchange between these realities. I'm in the demo camp. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2015
    Simplesmente maravilhoso. A ascensão synth pop de Grimes, com toques county, sem deixar de lado seu experimentalismo, formando uma misturaSimplesmente maravilhoso. A ascensão synth pop de Grimes, com toques county, sem deixar de lado seu experimentalismo, formando uma mistura perfeita, e maravilhosa de se ouvir. Com duas participações mais que perfeitas, posso dizer que o Art Angels está entre uns dos melhores álbuns desse ano. Full Review »