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

NEWS: Aiden Grimshaw Announces Debut Album And Tour

Aiden Grimshaw releases his incredible debut album ‘Misty Eye’ through RCA records on August 20. It is preceded by the single ‘Curtain Call’ on August 12.

Misty Eye is a breath taking album, the result of two years of writing and recording following Aiden’s appearance on The X Factor in 2010. Aiden said of his time on the show: “I didn’t really know what I wanted from it. I love music, and I knew I could sing, but I didn’t think I was X Factor material. I’d been given this opportunity and I didn’t want to waste it. But I had no idea what sort of music was really me. Everyone else had their own ideas, but all I knew was what I didn’t want.”
our the UK in September.

Aiden will embark on his first ever UK headline tour this September. Full tour dates below:

19                        Bristol O2 Academy 2
20                        Nottingham Rescue Rooms
22                        Northampton Roadmender
23                        Bournemouth The Old Firestation
24                        Brighton Concorde 2
26                        Birmingham O2 Academy 2
27                        Glasgow King Tuts
28                        Leeds Cockpit
30                        Manchester Academy 3
01                        Oxford Academy 2
02                        London Scala

VIDEO: Aiden Grimshaw “Is This Love”

X Factor contestants who don’t poll in the Top 3 are usually written off as wannabe has-beens, however, every now and again, one will return with mixed offerings. “Is This Love” marks the resurrection of Aiden Grimshaw. Having been a series standout, Grimshaw’s early departure from Series 7 in a stand-off against controversial contestant Katie Waissel was a memorable shocker. Having bided his time, Grimshaw has crafted a killer debut single that should see him storm up the charts. James Blake meets Bastille, “Is This Love” is better than anything anyone from X Factor has produced to date. Blinding brilliance.

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