LISTEN V. RATE: The Official GRIMES Rate (WINNER REVEALED!)

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Welcome, Art Angels!

I wish I could begin this rate under more favorable circumstances (like having a new album to rate), but it is still my pleasure to welcome you to the Grimes Rate of Misbehaving (though y'all better behave and give Artangels the 10 it deserves!). I could talk about my personal journey of coming to be obsessed with this woman, but this thread is about you and all this badass music.

I think Grimes resonates so much because she almost seems like a popstar beamed in from the future. In this future, popstars are producers and have a "do it yourself" attitude, building their songs from the ground up with no imput from the usual suspects. In this future, popstars direct their own videos (cellphone camera in hand) and draw their own manga-inspired album artwork. In this future, popstars draw from the most unlikely media sources, more specifically the world of anime, manga, and video games (I can't be the only one that hears Super Mario in World Princess II and JRPG field music in Belly of the Beat). In this future, popstars lure hipsters into a false sense of security with lo-fi avant-garde records and then ambush them with a nuclear bomb of capital P POP (while we on PJ get our collective LIFE).

Part of Grimes's charm is that she is such an unlikely popstar---her first two albums seem almost anti-pop on face value, she doesn't particularly look like a popstar, she keeps a relatively low profile, and it's hard to find any televised live performances from her (lord how I've tried). But as Art Angels made so explicitly clear, she gets pop music better than most traditional popstars and she truly has a passion for it. And even those first two experimental albums (which I'm ready for y'all to drag) show that she understood the value of a beat and a hook.

When you pair those musical values with a penchant for the weird, the crazy, and the unconventional, you get a special artist who, as The Guardian said, has made some of the most "exciting pop music in the world." So let's get to rating this music! I can already hear some of you groan, but we will rate everything, from the Dune-inspired Geidi Primes to the album we all know and love, Art Angels (and some extras).

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R.U.L.E.S

+Rate every song out of 10. Half marks are allowed. Even if you hate the first two albums, you must rate them if you want to participate.
+You can only give one song an 11/10. So choose wisely.
+You can change scores if you need to. Just shoot me a PM.
+I encourage you to send as much commentary as possible. It, not my amazing writing skills, is what makes the write-ups interesting.
+Don't misbehave and by that I mean don't fucking troll.

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And, of course, the music...

GEIDI PRIMES (2010)

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Caladan
Sardaukar Levenbrech
Zoal, Face Dancer
Rosa
Avi
Feyd Rautha Dark Heart
Gambang
Venus In Fleurs
Grisgris
Shadout Mapes
Beast Infection

HALFAXA (2010)
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Outer
Intor/Flowers
Weregild
∆∆∆∆Rasik∆∆∆∆
Heartbeats
Sagrad Прекрасный
Dragvandil
Devon
Dreamfortress
World♥Princess
† River †
Swan Song
≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈
My Sister Says The Saddest Things
Hallways
Favriel

DARKBLOOM (2011)
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Orphia
Vanessa
Crystal Ball
Urban Twilight
Hedra

VISIONS (2012)
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Infinite ♥ Without Fulfillment
Genesis
Oblivion
Eight
Circumambient
Vowels = Space And Time
Visiting Statue
Be A Body
Colour Of Moonlight (Antiochus)
Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
Nightmusic
Skin
Know The Way (Outro)

ART ANGELS (2015)
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laughing and not being normal
California
SCREAM
Flesh Without Blood
Belly Of The Beat
Kill V. Maim
Artangels
Easily
Pin
Realiti
World Princess II
Venus Fly
Life In The Vivid Dream
Butterfly

EXTRAS
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Go (featuring Blood Diamonds)
Medieval Warfare
Entropy (with Bleachers)
Phone Sex (with Blood Diamonds)
Take Me Away (with Bleachers)
Angel
Ambrosia
Song For Ric
Life After Death
Christmas Song
Christmas Song II (Grinch)
Dream World (with Majical Cloudz)

PM Friendly List:
Giedi Primes
Caladan
Sardaukar Levenbrech
Zoal, Face Dancer
Rosa
Avi
Feyd Rautha Dark Heart
Gambang
Venus In Fleurs
Grisgris
Shadout Mapes
Beast Infection

Halfaxa
Outer
Intor/Flowers
Weregild
∆∆∆∆Rasik∆∆∆∆
Heartbeats
Sagrad Прекрасный
Dragvandil
Devon
Dreamfortress
World♥Princess
† River †
Swan Song
≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈
My Sister Says The Saddest Things
Hallways
Favriel

Darkbloom
Orphia
Vanessa
Crystal Ball
Urban Twilight
Hedra

Visions
Infinite ♥ Without Fulfillment
Genesis
Oblivion
Eight
Circumambient
Vowels = Space And Time
Visiting Statue
Be A Body
Colour Of Moonlight (Antiochus)
Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
Nightmusic
Skin
Know The Way (Outro)

Art Angels
laughing and not being normal
California
SCREAM
Flesh Without Blood
Belly Of The Beat
Kill V. Maim
Artangels
Easily
Pin
Realiti
World Princess II
Venus Fly
Life In The Vivid Dream
Butterfly

Extras
Go (featuring Blood Diamonds)
Medieval Warfare
Entropy (with Bleachers)
Phone Sex (with Blood Diamonds)
Take Me Away (with Bleachers)
Angel
Ambrosia
Song For Ric
Life After Death
Christmas Song
Christmas Song II (Grinch)
Dream World (with Majical Cloudz)

Deadline extended: Votes are due on May 9th.

Grimes already has had a hard year, what with the drama with her label, so I must ask that you
don't fuck it up.

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THE LEADERBOARD

1. Kill V. Maim-9.972222222
2. Realiti-9.833333333

3. World Princess II-9.638888889
4. Butterfly-9.611111111
4. Oblivion-9.611111111

6. Flesh Without Blood-9.527777778
7. Pin-9.416666667
8. Genesis-9.388888889
9. Venus Fly-9.194444444
10. Go-8.833333333
11. Vanessa-8.805555556
12. Artangels-8.666666667
12. Be A Body-8.666666667

14. California-8.5
15. Belly Of The Beat-8.444444444
16. Life In The Vivid Dream-8.361111111
17. Nightmusic-8.25
18. Vowels=Space and Time-8.166666667
18. Crystal Ball-8.166666667

20. Circumambient-8.138888889
20. Dreamfortress-8.138888889

22. Skin-8.111111111
22. Rosa-8.111111111

24. Phone Sex-8.027777778
24. Easily-8.027777778

26. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)-7.833333333
27. Entropy-7.666666667
28. Ambrosia-7.5
29. Sagrad Прекрасный-7.444444444
30. My Sister Says The Saddest Things-7.416666667
31. Visiting Statue-7.333333333
32. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus)-7.305555556
33. laughing and not being normal-7.25
34. Infinite ♥ Without Fulfillment-7.166666667
35. Avi-7.138888889
36. Angel-7
37. Weregild-6.972222222
37. Caladan-6.972222222

39. Swan Song-6.916666667
40. Heartbeats-6.888888889
40. Feyd Rautha Dark Heart-6.888888889

42. Know The Way (Outro)-6.861111111
43. Devon-6.777777778
44. World♥Princess-6.694444444
45. Medieval Warfare-6.638888889
46. Eight-6.611111111
46. Urban Twilight-6.611111111

48. SCREAM-6.527777778
49. Intor/Flowers-6.416666667
50. Zoal, Face Dancer-6.361111111
51. Life After Death-6.333333333
52. Venus in Fleurs-6.305555556
53. Dream World-6.25
54. Sardaukar Levenbrech-6.111111111
55. Favriel-6.083333333
56. Song For Ric-6.055555556
57. Grisgris-6
58. Take Me Away-5.944444444
59. † River †-5.861111111
60. Beast Infection-5.75
61. ∆∆∆∆Rasik∆∆∆∆-5.638888889
62. Gambang-5.611111111
63. ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈-5.472222222
64. Shadout Mapes-5.277777778
65. Dragvandil-5.083333333
66. Christmas Song II (Grinch)-5
67. Hallways-4.972222222
68. Hedra-4.888888889
69. Outer-4.777777778
70. Orphia-4.638888889
71. Christmas Song-4.611111111

ALBUM LEADERBOARD
ART ANGELS-8.783730159
VISIONS-7.957264957
EXTRAS-6.655092593
DARKBLOOM-6.622222222
GIEDI PRIMES-6.428030303
HALFAXA-6.347222222
 
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Oh yes. I know we stan Art Angels but y'all better not do Visions wrong.

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Grimes is my favorite solo artist, plain and simple.

@Raichu: You forgot tons of extra songs like Entropy, Phone Sex, Voignamir, David, Take Me Away, Fifteen Minutes To, Angel, Ambrosia, Song For Ric, Life After Death, Black Hair, Fragments of the Future, Saturn Princess, and so on.

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Thanks! Will add these later today.
 
Cool. Also there's this issue with REALiTi: should the demo be considered a separate song? The album and the demo version are significantly different.



I will decide on this before I post the other extras. It might actually be fun to see where the two versions end up.
 
David, MSSTST and World ❤️ Princess are the death introspective SONGS trinity
Entropy, Phone Sex, Voignamir, David, Take Me Away, Fifteen Minutes To, Angel, Ambrosia, Song For Ric, Life After Death, Black Hair,
I at the very least like most of these, but Entropy is kind of grating and Phone Sex is nightmare inducing (not in a good way)
Ambrosia is legendary!
 
Added the released extras. Didn't add unreleased extras but I did add the Reality demo for the kiis. How the hell did I not know about all those Visions bonus tracks?
Let's say that the total duration of all various Grimes songs I have (including remixes) is over 3 hours. Also Grimes did some special live versions of some her songs that could be considered separate songs. e.g. This fantastic banger (Be a Body live at Glastonbury 2016). It's really amazing.

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PS: Please add Christmas Song II (Grinch) too. It's a really fun song + video.

 
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I yelped when I saw this thread. This and the Charli rate happening at the same time, my poor heart...

Also just my opinion, but I feel like the two versions of Realiti shouldn't be rated separately, or else neither version will make it as far as the song deserves.

Side note: Visions better not be done wrong.
 
I yelped when I saw this thread. This and the Charli rate happening at the same time, my poor heart...

Also just my opinion, but I feel like the two versions of Realiti shouldn't be rated separately, or else neither version will make it as far as the song deserves.

Side note: Visions better not be done wrong.
This is a good point. The ratings will be spread out in 2 and overall the song will lose significantly. Maybe people should rate whatever REALiTi version they want but it should be counted only for one song.
 

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