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4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings
53 Ratings

I love this man!

Mulcady23

I originally heard of John Grant from the movie weekend, and the song Marz. I love Marz. This album is just as good if not better. Very raw(that's kind of his thing anyway) emoting. Frank wording that breaks down your walls and demands to be heard. I love it.

Well-crafted Angry, Edgy, and Aching Songs...

NotAlNorm

with catchy beats and beautiful melodies. But don't OD on these tracks if you're feeling blue after a breakup. Easier to handle John Grant's work sober and on happy grounds. That said, this album ranks in my top 20 best for 2013.

One of the Best Albums of 2013

Matttmj

The moment I heard "BlackBelt" on satellite radio early in the Spring, I just knew that I had to have the eventual album the track came from. Well, John Grant did not disappoint. John Grant's vocals partnered with a Gusgus electronic productions make for some of the most interesting grooves to have surfaced from an "electronic" album in quite some time. Having been exhausted with all of the David Guetta/Calvin Harris garbage of the past few years, it is easy to forget that electronic music can be complex, gritty, and oh-so-textured…with every moment unfolding yet another nuance in the sound production. I liked this album so much that I had to go back and check both John's and Gusgus' back catalogue of music. Both are superb. Please go straight to John's Queen of Denmark album or Gusgus' most recent Arabian Horse album. Your ears will thank you for it.

About John Grant

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 People vs. the Beautiful People failed to attract a larger following, and the group ultimately broke up in 2004.

After the split, Grant moved to New York and began working as a sideman for bands like Midlake and the Flaming Lips. He also continued writing songs. In 2009, members of Midlake joined Grant in the recording studio, serving as his backup band during the creation of his first solo project. The resulting album -- a quirky, cynical record titled Queen of Denmark -- was released by Bella Union in 2010. Recorded in Reykjavik with Biggi Veira of Icelandic electro-pop outfit GusGus, Grant's sophomore solo outing, Pale Green Ghosts, arrived in 2013, followed by the concert album John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert, the following year.

Having found a new home in Iceland, Grant further established himself there by co-writing Iceland's entry in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, "No Prejudice," which was performed by Pollapönk. That year, he also contributed his version of "Sweet Painted Lady" to the 40th anniversary edition of Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and appeared on Hercules & Love Affair's third album, Feast of the Broken Heart. For 2015's Grey Tickles, Black Pressure -- which took its name from the Icelandic term for "midlife crisis" and the Turkish phrase meaning "nightmare," respectively -- Grant collaborated with Tracey Thorn, Amanda Palmer, and former Siouxsie and the Banshees drummer Budgie. ~ Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
Buchanan, MI
BORN
1968

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