Single Review: Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call (released August 12) ✭✭✭✭

Aiden Grimshaw

Curtain Call

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

Curtain Call is one of those tracks that instantly sticks in your head when you have heard it. Starting off with gregorian style chants and strings, a pulsating drum beat, the rhythm reminding me of Never Ever by All Saints dropping in for the chorus, with gorgeous female vocals from a singer who I wish I knew who it was.

The song is quite anthemic, when played at a live gig it will go down very well, I can imagine crowds singing along to this one. A very welcome first single from the new album.

Misty Eye is 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.”

After the X Factor, and a period of writing songs and testing them out on his friends in Blackpool, Aiden got signed to RCA and moved to London, subsequently hooking up with producer/engineer Jarrad Rogers (Lana Del Rey, Tinchy Stryder).

Aiden was totally focused. He played piano, banged on beer bottles for percussion, and all of the vocals – including the choir on the anthemic single Curtain Call – are his save for one female backing. It all felt very natural, he says. “It never got hard, it wasn’t stressful. It never really felt like work.”

Misty Eye is full of heartfelt lyrics about those universal experiences: love and loss. Aiden describes the underlying theme of the album: “It’s that life is worth living, but love is worth everything”.

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