CD reviews: Grimes

If 2012's Visions made her the darling of the digital underground, then Claire Boucher's fourth LP is her popstar coming-out party.

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

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