Active Child
You Are All I See


4.0
excellent

Review

by ellexim USER (4 Reviews)
March 10th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavenly layered vocals from Grossi, synth-harp fusion, and ethereal beats provide the template for the emotionally-underscored album. A lush aural experience for any fan of meshing dream pop, dark wave, and 80's electro.

At its core, You Are All I See is a strong contender for one of my top 10 albums, providing the listener with an ethereal R&B/electronic/witch-house/dream-pop experience.

At first listen around 2 years ago, Pat Grossi's vocals swept me off my feet and into the dreamscape that is You Are All I See. If you've ever wondered what it'd be like to live in an 80's fantasy film while questioning all your life choices; it would be scored by Active Child.

Opening track and album namesake gently dips you in the melodic waters of blending electronic piano and swelling harp. Grossi's vocals, often compared to that of a choir boy, may be a turn off for some. However, the purity and cleanliness of soaring tenor vocals hits my ears in just the right way. "Hanging On" introduces more of Active Child's R&B influence, along with "Playing House" (if you've never seen the video, be sure to check it out ft. How to Dress Well).

The overall ethereal mood of the album sucks you in and spits you out, drenched in a cathartic and tremulous fervor. The build of synthesizers in "Ivy" provide a respite from Grossi's vocals. The beats following in "Way Too Fast" tip toe the listener back down the spiritual hallway, dripping electonic beats, and transparent lyrics of "And you know/Oh you're so damn cold/soon you'll be all by yourself. I trust in you/ Way too fast/ Didn't think you'd do me like that."

The production quality of the album is high, the atmosphere is otherworldly, and the textured musical landscapes do not fall short of being memorable.

If you're not a fan of swelling synthesizers, minor keys and blatant sentimentality, then You Are All I See probably won't be your favorite album of the year. However, I implore you to give it a go, and spin Curtis Lane EP (2010) if You Are All I See doesn't touch your heart-strings as it does mine.


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Jade
Emeritus
March 10th 2014


10698 Comments


#RealLifeFriends

ellexim
March 10th 2014


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Omaha, HOLLA.

LordePots
March 10th 2014


37834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

probs like this guy better than How To Dress Well tbh

ellexim
March 10th 2014


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

LordPots, I feel the same. I enjoy their collaboration with Playing House, and HTDW has a few gems on Total Loss (such as "world i need you, won't be without you", but it's pretty divergent from his usual sound).

Phlegm
March 11th 2014


7240 Comments


this is pretty suave, thanx P

henryChinaski
March 11th 2014


3869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Can't believe this is the first review for this. Great album. Nice review!

Digging: Brothertiger - Out of Touch

osmark86
March 13th 2014


5417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is sounding really good so far.

LordePots
March 13th 2014


37834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeeee

LordePots
March 13th 2014


37834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LordPots, I feel the same. I enjoy their collaboration with Playing House, and HTDW has a few gems on Total Loss (such as "world i need you, won't be without you", but it's pretty divergent from his usual sound).





much truth

Negator
September 4th 2015


1382 Comments


wow this album gives me instant feels

Negator
September 4th 2015


1382 Comments


listening to this is like having the best orgasm of your life with that one girl in high school you will always love but you never got to get with and out of it sprouting rainbows and clouds and then you feel all warm and gushy inside with enough enthusiasm and trust for the world to take in shovel loads and take home.

LordePots
September 5th 2015


37834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

smh

Negator
September 5th 2015


1382 Comments


#realtalk



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