HVG's recording BLUE (2009) is dark urgent pop singed with white noise. They've crafted a sweetly menlacholic tableau of vivid memories with lush vocals and simmering tension. The band has hit on an exquisite blend of old and new, with Nance and Charlie’s guitar textures veering from candy colored swirl to vintage ‘60s bite.
"Without the experience of nearly two decades I would be surprised if BLUE would have even been possible, but Her Vanished Grace have undoubtedly reached an artistic peak by doing so without sacrificing what got them here in the first place."
Obscure Sound (2009)
"Their dreamy richly textured pop songs were recorded and produced by guitarist Charles Nieland, a man who knows his job after handling assignments for Deborah Harry and Rufus Wainwright as one half of the Super Buddha production team."
Here Comes The Flood (2009)
"New York based four-piece Her Vanished Grace have created a sound which is really something special with their newest album ‘Blue’. They describe themselves as dream pop (incidentally one of my favouritely named subgenres ever), and mix sweeping guitar-led soundscapes with gorgeous wistful vocals harmonies, inventive textures and a pop-y undercurrent."
Miss Morrison's Mix (2009)
"Dark, dreamy, pop....These are three words you could, and I would, use to describe Her Vanished Grace. Swirling/shimmering/sweeping guitars, lush vocals and and sonic textures all add up to create Her Vanished Grace's sound, and it is pretty darn cool if I don't say so myself, urgent, epic and crushingly beautiful at times. The melancholy of The Cure but with more of a pop sensibility..."
Even in the Future Nothing Works (2009)
"What (they) achieve melodically is on a level akin to pouring honey in your ear. It’s sweet, addicting and substantially nourishing, especially if you get some in your mouth."
"They have taken the pop formulas and the sonic solutions of the 80’s and the 90’s and delved them open into their own furs. Aesthetically, they have always projected something simple, truthful and with a beautiful power all their own. Sonically, they have exposed themselves to a question of radiance."
Gordon Sharp Jezebel Music.com
"...when Nance goes it alone her husky tones reveal the band’s true Unique Selling Point. She handles chugging pop (’Rush’), mid-tempo balladry (’Youth’) and head-spinning dreampop (’Disappear’) with an abundance of personality and style and ‘I Do’ is a heartfelt closer."
"I probably use the word “shoegazer” too much when describing Her Vanished Grace’s approach to songwriting. In truth the tag tells only half the story, Her Vanished Grace play much tighter than most acts in this genre. Not for them the willowy attempts at otherworldliness (and other “ness”es) but instead alternative rock songs with hooks aplenty."
Jonathan Leonard, Leonard’s Lair (2009)
"Blue completely lives up to what I’ve grown to expect from the band. If you’re a fan of bands like Curve, Slowdive, Echo & the Bunnymen, etc. this is definitely worth your while."
Kip, RockSellout (2009)
released 06 January 2009
Nancy Nieland; Vocals, Guitars
Charles Nieland; Vocals, Guitars
Maria Theodosiadou; Bass
Billy Loose; Drums