ALBUM REVIEW: Aiden Grimshaw “Misty Eye”

The X Factor has not really been the biggest launchpad for credible acts in the UK. With a stigma attached to winning, and a loser attached to the other contestants, it makes it difficult for an act to succeed in the follow-up. Where so many have failed, a few have forged ahead. One Direction are currently the most successful boyband in the world, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd have followed suit and cracked America, while Olly Murs currently dominates the screen and music scene in the UK. So, what of Series 7 barely ran Aiden Grimshaw, whose shock early elimination shocked TV audiences, but may have bought him a genuine shot at the big time.

Two years have flown by since Grimshaw’s appearance on X Factor and he has bided his time wisely. Rather than rush releasing a feeble cash-in, he has kept his head to the ground, building up a following on the live circuit and ensured his material is worth its salt ahead of release. The result is easily the most credible, entertaining, engaging and intelligent debut release by an X Factor alumnus.

Grimshaw’s vocal is colourful and alarming. It sends shivers down the spine, yet appears effortlessly considered. Though there are some mishaps along the way, notably the messy “Be Myself”, which is strangely the least open and honest of the album’s thirteen song, Grimshaw presents a cohesive and original album.

While lead single “Is This Love” is without hesitation the album standout, Grimshaw should further explore his sensitive side, given that his rendition of Sia’s “Breathe Me” is blissfully tender.

There is little doubt that Aiden Grimshaw deserves to make it big. “Misty Eye” is not the debut album of an X Factor nearly ran, but rather the debut album of one of the UK’s most talented and innovative performers. We just have to hope his association with Simon Cowell’s talent pool does not blind side the British public.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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