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Emerging from the ashes of an aborted follow-up to her breakthrough release, Art Angels has a breathless scope which takes in K-Pop, piano balladry, cheesy Eurodance and needly guitar lines.
Yet despite such broad accessibility, there is no compromising her fearsome DIY ethos: the off-kilter cheerleader chants of Kill V. Maim, Venus Fly's cavernous bass (featuring fellow shapeshifting fembot Janelle Monae), and the insolent retort which closes the album: ‘‘I'll never be your dream girl.''
• Grimes. Art Angels. 4AD.
• Four and a half stars (out of five)
Single download: Flesh Without Blood
For those who like: Lady Gaga meets M. I. A.
- John Hayden