John Grant Queen Of Denmark on 180g 2LP
John Grant, former singer/songwriter with Bella Union cult favorites The Czars, finally returns with an extraordinary debut solo album made with Midlake. That John Grant’s effortlessly rich, expansive baritone, couched in typically heartbreaking, lush melody, hasn’t found a wider audience many would consider a crime. But no longer because Grant’s first solo album is so undeniably great that the world will surely listen.
It’s a record of gravitas and grace, of FM melody magic laced with raw emotional bleeding. It asks why relationships are roulette and love is hell in a last-ditch attempt at self-improvement and atonement after years of alcohol and cocaine dependency. And on top, to further the album’s brilliance, Grant’s backing band on the album are Bella Union label-mates Midlake, contributing their most empathic ‘70s-style soft-rock know-how. Put simply, Queen Of Denmark is the record Grant’s been waiting his whole life to make.
The album moves through simple piano settings via an infusion of period-perfect synths that epitomise the lonely mood. There’s flute from Midlake frontman Tim Smith on the dreamiest cut "I Wanna Go To Marz" and velvet strings on "Where Dreams Go To Die," which imagines Scott Walker influenced by Patsy Cline. There is pure longing in the opening "TC And Honeybear" and bitterly sarcastic anger in the magnificent title track finale. Pain, hope, fear, regret and self-discovery, Queen of Denmark has it all, framed within some of the finest songs of John Grant's storied career.
John Grant Queen Of Denmark Track Listing:
1. TC and Honeybear
3. Where Dreams Go to Die
4. Sigourney Weaver
5. Chicken Bones
6. Silver Platter Club
7. It's Easter
8. Outer Space
9. Jesus Hates Faggots
11. Leopard and Lamb
12. Queen of Denmark