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As epitomised by a title track referencing his haemorrhoids, the former Czars frontman has lost none of his candour or humour on this third solo album. His melodic skill remains intact too and, after the electro-pop of 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts, Grant investigates robotic funk (“Snug Slacks”), taut techno (“Disappointing”) and sumptuous FM rock (“Down Here”) while skewering ex-lovers and contemplating personal crises. Even on his most upbeat record yet, it’s an ability to amuse, shock and discomfit–sometimes in just one verse–that makes Grant such a compelling songwriter.


Born: 1968 in Buchanan, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

John Grant began his career as frontman of the Czars, a Colorado-based band whose music split the difference between shoegaze, dream pop, and alternative country. Fueled by Grant's songwriting and rich baritone vocals, the band released a pair of independent albums in the '90s before signing with Bella Union, a British label run by two former members of the Cocteau Twins. The Czars established a small international audience during the new millennium, but albums like Before...But Longer and The Ugly...
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