The Best of 2K11: Leann Grimes – Leann Grimes

The name caught my eye first. LEANN GRIMES. Sandwiched somewhere in the middle of a list of other, less remarkable names in a long list of remixes and new stuff on a music blog whose name escapes me now.

LEANN GRIMES.

A dig at pre-fab country pop, coupled with the rain-soaked imagery of a million post-drum-and-bass Brit alleyways filled with Burial fans morosely checking each other’s hoodies for authenticity.

“What the hell,” I thought. “Let’s give this a shot.”

Leann Grimes – Got to Grime

I hit Play on Got to Grime expecting to be menaced by some sort of dark, bass-heavy growler which would start using its vibrations to shove things around my desk in an ominous and not-quite-dancefloor-friendly sort of way. Instead, I got headsmacked by a vibrant, damn near summery slice of evocative-in-that-sort-of way-that-you-can’t-directly-put-your-finger-on musical magic that pretty much defined “bouncy” in new and wonderful ways, ways that would never again see the word relegated to such petty uses as describing post-conditioner hair or school bus rides.

And I hit Play again. And then again. And then I went looking for more.

You don’t often find an album this celebratory and unabashedly cheerful without the artists involved inserting some sort of ironic distance or “statement” into the mix in order to maintain their “serious muso” cred. None of that bullshit here. Leann Grimes hugs music with both hands, recycling riffs and hooks from a collection of indie artists (The Strokes, Miniature Tigers, Deerhunter, CAKE, Local Natives, Kings of Convenience) into a recursive statement of love: I make music because you make music. (Or as he states on his Bandcamp page: “If it’s a new indie track, I’m going to remix it.”)

Leann Grimes – Memory Noise

His whole album is pure joy. I defy you to find another album out there as good-natured as this one is. It’s impossible to listen to without smiling (at least internally). The love that he has for his subject matter (that is: music) shines through on every track. And as much as I love the darker side of music and surround myself with droning, buzzing, angry musical things, I can’t relegate this into “bubblegum” territory because of the obvious (and I’m using that word AGAIN) love that went into this project.

And then there’s this: Grimes dedicates the album to both the musicians (show of hands? that’s quite a few people) and (AND!) the music bloggers (Another show of hands? Yeah, that’s pretty much everybody else in the room.) who connected him with these artists. You can’t help but feel included. Leann Grimes is the universal power of music in 14 tracks.

Leann Grimes – I Do Work for You (Non-album Soundcloud cut)

If, for some impossible reason, this album fails to connect with you, then head over to his constantly updated Soundcloud page. If you can’t find something to like, then I honestly fear for your soul.

Pick up the whole album here. Gratis!

The Facebook of Leann Grimes.

The Soundcloud of Leann Grimes.

Leann Grimes has an actual, real band!

Here’s an altogether more entertaining review of this album.

/s/CLT

[By the way, if you like what you’re hearing/reading, feel free to pimp out our posts by using the handy little Whore Bar located below. Thx.]
Advertisements

7 Comments

Filed under Electronica, Remixes

7 responses to “The Best of 2K11: Leann Grimes – Leann Grimes

  1. Well, you’ve done it again. I have been out of the music-buying loop for so very long, but suddenly my Amazon bill is showing these random download fees. Not this one, of course, for free, but still. I’m halfway finished with life. When will I have time to listen to all this new shit? At least you need not fear for my soul.

    • I’ve figured out how to listen to new music when time seems to be an issue. I try to be employed as far away from my house as reasonably possible. Round-trip driving gets me almost an hour of day of new listening. This probably doesn’t work for everybody and, if gas prices are any indication, is an extremely expensive tradeoff for penniless music blogging.

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it! Stay tuned for a new LEANN GRIMES album soon.

    Lots of love,
    LEANN GRIMES

    • You’re welcome. This is easily one of the most enjoyable albums I’ve heard in a long time, something I hope I conveyed with my excessive use of the words “joy” and “love.” It’s a party album for people who hate party albums. Everything is familiar enough to keep the crowd interested and moves at a pace fast enough to keep anyone from searching for something else.

      I’m going to be cranking out about 10-15 posts on my favorite albums of last year and I wanted to get this one out first as I’m pretty sure I spent more time listening to your album than any of the others on my list.

      Looking forward to your next album. No doubt it will earn some space here at Minor Scratches when it arrives. Best of luck to you in the new year.

  3. Pingback: Recommended: FREEDOM – A Revolving Door Records Compilation | Minor Scratches

  4. Pingback: Recommended: Leann Grimes – I’m Not Too Skinny | Minor Scratches