• Grimes - Art Angels

    Es geht wieder los, Ingo! Die Jahresbestenlisten, die du jedes Jahr so gewissenhaft zusammenträgst, werden veröffentlicht und bei den beiden, die ich bisher gesehen habe (NME, Stereogum), stand jeweils "Art Angels" von Grimes an der Spitze!
    Also müssen wir noch schnell das vierte Album der kanadischen Künstlerin Grimes, die als Claire Elise Boucher geboren wurde, nachtragen. Denn wer weiß, wie viele Bestenlisten sie noch toppen wird - und irgendwo musst du diese ja als Kommentar hinterlassen.

    Dass Kendrick Lamars "To Pimp A Butterfly" jeweils den zweiten Platz belegte, übersehe ich jetzt einmal und springe direkt zur Lobhudelei von NME und Stereogum sowie zu den Videos von "Flesh Without Blood / Life In The Vivid Dream" und "Realiti", das übrigens auf der LP- und Kassetten-Version von "Art Angels" ausgespart wurde:

    We already knew Grimes could write a killer pop song, but ‘Art Angels’ proved she could deliver 14 of them in a row. 'Art Angels' was not so much the sound of an artist trying to fit into the pop landscape as one trying to shape it in their own image. The best album of the year, from the most exciting artist of a generation.

    Contrary to the prevailing notions, the philosophical antithesis of poptimism is not rockism, but auteurism. Even our most celebrated border-defying visionaries — from Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Beck — employ departments of collaborators, contractors, specialists, and secret weapons. In that respect, Art Angels is the opposite of a pop album: Claire Boucher didn’t delegate or commission anything here; she outsourced a couple of key features (Aristophanes on “SCREAM”; Janelle Monáe on “Venus Fly”), but wrote, composed, performed, recorded, produced, and engineered everything else herself. That is not, in and of itself, some inherent virtue. We’ve got more than enough isolated GarageBand mechanics generating infinite universes of myopic, monotonous music. Art Angels is not myopic or monotonous — it’s spacious as a stadium; as polished as a Porsche on the showroom floor. It feels alien at points, but it doesn’t seek to alienate anyone: Even at its most combative, it’s asking you to fight alongside it, not against it.
    In that respect, Art Angels is very much a pop album. And it kinda sounds like pop music, too! But pop music doesn’t sound like this. Art Angels leaves me scrambling for comparisons, and returning not with E•MO•TION or 1989, but Yeezus and Nevermind. Closer still: Art Angels reminds me of Garbage’s self-titled debut album — a genre-agnostic postmodern blur of dance music, shoegaze, new wave, industrial, alt-rock, trip-hop, and whatever the hell else was at hand — with Boucher playing the roles of both Shirley Manson and Butch Vig. Garbage was seen as something of a sweet but insubstantial confection upon its release, but that album turned 20 this year, and its anniversary was justly celebrated — not so much because it eventually signaled some alternative direction for popular music, but because it was (and remains) defiantly singular: the product of strong personalities, creative individuals, and technical wizards blending previously incompatible sounds into an unexpected, immediate, wholly other new one. It rejected definition and reached listeners just the same — and over the course of two decades (and counting), it stayed with many of those listeners, and found lots more, too.
    Of course, Art Angels is both weirder and more urgent today than Garbage was in 1995. It’s better, too. And if you don’t think it’ll be here 20 years from now, you’re wrong. By then, it’ll be seen as a blueprint, early evidence of a new paradigm: experimentalism as populism; processed synthetic sound as raw human emotion; studio-genius auteur as universal pop star; singular as plural; future as present. In 2035, Art Angels will sound just as good as it did in 2015. And in 2015, nothing sounded better than Art Angels.

  • 3 Kommentare:

    Ingo hat gesagt…

    NME's Top 50 Albums of 2015 (ich kopiere nur die Top 20)
    1. Grimes - Art Angels
    2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
    3. Jamie xx - In Colour
    4. Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
    5. Tame Impala - Currents
    6. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
    7. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
    8. Foals - What Went Down
    9. The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
    10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
    11. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
    12. A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
    13. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
    14. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
    15. Blur - The Magic Whip
    16. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
    17. Joanna Newsom - Divers
    18. Swim Deep - Mothers
    19. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
    20. U.S. Girls - Half Free

    Ingo hat gesagt…

    Mindestens so spannend wie viele der mäßigen Shoegaze Alben. 7 Punkte

    Dirk hat gesagt…

    Oft gehört - und ich bin dennoch nicht dahinter gekommen, warum das Album in so vielen Bestenlisten auftaucht.

    6,5 Punkte

    Die 10 besten Alben von Prince

    10. Lovesexy (1988)
    9. Diamonds And Pearls (1991)
    8. 3121 (2006)
    7. 1999 (1982)
    6. The Gold Experience (1995)
    5. Dirty Mind (1980)
    4. Sign O' The Times (1987)
    3. Parade (1986)
    2. Purple Rain (1984)
    1. Around The World In A Day (1985)

    (ausgewählt von Volker)