A devastatingly good debut turn from the truly incomparable John Grant. Don't belive us? Just listen to one track. Or ask his backing band.
The Drift Record Shop have been long time fans of John Grant, primarily down to his early work with the Czars on the fledgling Bella Union label... fast forward a few years and both have blossomed quite some!
'Queen of Denmark' sounds like an inform young Elton John backed by Midlake... half of this is very literal.... Lyrically it is blunt and heartfelt and across it's 16 tracks the album is woozy and analogue heavy... strangely upbeat. A real grower.
JOHN GRANT, A MAN FROM DENVER, SANG IN A BAND CALLED THE CZARS. THEY WERE AT TIMES INCREDIBLE AND YET THE SOLE REASON IF I AM HONEST, FOR WORKING WITH THEM WAS JOHN GRANT. HE JUST DOES HAVE ONE OF THE BEST MALE VOICES OUT THERE. UP WITH NEIL YOUNG, ROBIN PECKNOLD, JOSH TILLMAN, SCOTT WALKER"_I COULD GO ON. HIS VOICE IS SO BEAUTIFUL IT MAKES YOU CRY. IT JUST DOES.
WHEN THE CZARS BROKE UP, JOHN MOVED UP TO NEW YORK FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY AND FOUND HIMSELF PLAYING SUPPORT TO FLAMING LIPS AND MIDLAKE ON A FEW USA SHOWS. WELL THEY BECAME VERY GOOD PALS AND MIDLAKE BECAME DETERMINED, NAY OBSESSED WITH HELPING JOHN OUT, RECOGNISING LIKE ME THAT IT WAS CLOSE TO A CRIME THAT JOHN REMAINED UNKNOWN OUTSIDE A VERY SMALL CULT NUMBER. . SO THEY BROUGHT HIM TO THEIR HOMETOWN OF DENTON, TEXAS, AND SO HE LIVED THERE FOR SOME MONTHS, WORKING WITH THEM ALL ON HIS SOLO RECORD, IN THE SPARE MOMENTS WHEN THEY WERENT WORKING ON THEIR OWN NEW ALBUM.
"I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO GO THERE, BUT ALL I AM GOING TO SAY THAT THE QUEEN OF DENMARK IS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT DEBUT SOLO RECORDS YOURE GOING TO HEAR NEXT YEAR, AND A COLLABORATION MADE IN HEAVEN. JOHN'S PIANO AND VOICE WITH MIDLAKE'S BACKING? TOO TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE." - Bella Union.
"In theory, the star turn on this solo debut from Colorado singer Grant is the backing band: Texan rockers Midlake. But they've never played on anything as good as this masterpiece of soft, 70s melodies and sadness. Grant recently confessed to suicidal thoughts but he can also see the funny side of the end of one's tether, hence the fabulous "Sigourney Weaver", which sounds like the Carpenters and compares an existential crisis to the actress facing down insane odds in Alien, or the hapless Winona Ryder in Dracula, when she just couldn't "get her accent right." Terrific." - The Guardian.
1. TC And Honeybear
3. Where Dreams Go To Die
4. Sigourney Weaver
5. Chicken Bones
6. Silver Platter Club
7. It's Easier
8. Outer Space
9. Jesus Hates Faggots
11. Leopard and Lamb
12. Queen Of Denmark
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