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CocoRosie

Grey Oceans (Sub Pop)

Sub Pop

Review By Nikaiya Tremblay


Listen to Hopscotch

Despite the sisters’ successes with three previous albums, Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady’s latest offering, Grey Oceans, is a disappointment.¬†With songs that are monotonous and indistinguishable from another, a listener could very quickly grow tired of hearing Rosie’s creative repetitions. Not only that, but the duo takes a slower approach in song tempos and their failure to switch up their instruments just makes it worse.

One of the main problems with this album can be traced back to the vocals. Rosie manages to make her voice flow smoothly over the back track, whereas Coco’s vocals are occasionally awkward and mesh unpleasantly into the songs. Take for example the third track, “Hopscotch,” which starts off with Coco’s upbeat repetitive vocals and then awkwardly cuts off into a slower moaning ballad, with an unpleasant transition.¬†

Another issue with the album is that the lyrics are practically gibberish. Any beauty that could be salvaged in the lyrics, is not come by easily due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to decipher what is being said.

Overall, this album was not a complete disaster, it just simply could not measure up to their previous album, The Adventures of Ghost Horse and Stillborn, which was excellent. There is a lot of potential shown in Grey Oceans, with maybe some tweaking of the vocals and instrumental, a complete overhaul of the album cover and this album could be a pleasure to listen to.