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John Grant used to front the Texas band The Czars, and after The Czars handed in their scepters (sorry), Grant hooked up with the folk-rock outfit Midlake. Queen of Denmark, his first solo album, is actually a collaboration with Midlake. It seems to be a serendipitous event. Grant's vast talents ripple across various pianos and keyboards, matching up with Midlake's woodwinds and guitars, plus guest musicians on strings, trombone, and other instruments. The result is an elegant, smart, and deeply touching affair. Grant's voice (personal, rich, and easy to connect with) is up front in the mix, spotlighting evocative lyrics about childhood, being gay, religion, addiction, and everything in between. His timbre ranges from an occasional Tim/Jeff Buckley–like sensuality ("Caramel") to a dryly ironic tone similar to John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. Most of the time, however, Grant's sometimes-pained, often-wry lyrics are delivered with a genteel poke and a prod, in a voice uniquely his. He delivers painful sentiments with the calm of a man who overcame his self-doubt, and then some.

Customer Reviews


Just heard "Marz" while the final credits were rolling for the movie "Weekend". A perfect song to end a perfect movie. Just purchased the whole album because of that one song. Flawless.

Gorgeous stuff here....

I wasn't too familiar w/John's band the Czars,but had read enough about this album over the past few months that I was genuinely looking forward to it.It was worth the wait : It is straight up, melodic ,70's style singer-songwriter stuff and in the best possible way. Definitely brings to mind 2 superb singer-songwriters from that time,Harry Nilsson and Jimmie Spheeris . Overall, great album ,I say get the whole thing but if you need to cherry pick, "TC","Marz",and "Outer Space" are all romantic,wistful and especially beautiful.

Beautiful, sexy, sad

This album is full of pain, anguish, and heartbreak. It's melodic, John's voice is soothing and ironically uplifting. I have heard only this album from Mr. Grant, every song is amazing, I suggest you buy the entire album.


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...
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