#songoftheday / REVIEW: GRIMES: “Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream”
Well, I don’t care how good the album Grimes scrapped was — it was well worth it, since it lead to this. Just watch the video and listen to it already — there’s no way you won’t like it, not if you’re a pop fan of any sort. Besides, if you liked “Go,” I think you should still like “Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream”. I mean, they aren’t that far removed from each other. “Flesh without Blood” is still a catchy, more mainstream pop song than anything on Grimes’ last album. And, like “Go,” it’s bursting with energy. But if I have to pick a favorite, I’m certainly going to go with “Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream” Probably because it’s so well-produced and fleshed out with the guitars and everything. And because , well, it’s way more infectious. I suppose this makes me guilty of liking Grimes shift from the obscure to the populaire. Oops! Seriously though, I understand people wanting Grimes to continue with her artsy, experimental stuff. And if “Life in the Vivid Dream” is any indication, there is going to be plenty of that on her album. But there’s no law that says she can’t write something that becomes a hit. You don’t see people complaining about Charli XCX going from being a cool indie pop artist to a much more mainstream punk pop star. And look at The Weeknd — he started off giving away really indie-minded mixtapes. Then he got a record deal and we started to see him changing. You could see the Max Martin-produced “I Can’t Feel My Face” coming from miles away. The guy didn’t think he wanted massive hits and that level of popularity, but I guess he got a taste of it and he changed. I’d like to think Grimes won’t change that much, but I won’t hate her if she does. I have a feeling she’ll have a Lana Del Rey sort of career, not a top 40 radio thing.
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.