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Queen Of Denmark

19 April 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Label: Bella Union
  • Copyright: 2010 Bella Union
  • Total Length: 1:09:47
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,360 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
One grumble (and it's a big one!) then I promise I'll
get on to the good stuff. Call me obsessional or myopic
(or both) but the CD inner-sleeve credits are barely
legible. The smallest font imaginable - shocking pink
against an (admittedly rather good) background image of
a dead and decomposing bird spread out on the finely pebbled
road surface where it resumed its aquaintance with its maker -
made my eyeballs ache in a futile attempt at deciphering
who did what, when and how on this truly wonderful album.
I believe the designer is Monosapien. He should be shot.

Rant over.

Now to the music. John Grant is a man of vision. He also
possesses a fine sense of humour. The twelve compositions
in this collection are remarkable both for their variety
as much as for their sustained quality.
The collaboration with American band Midlake has been a
fruitful one. Their sensitivity to Mr Grant's mission is
evident in every bar.

Whether in the dreamy child-like naivety of gorgeous melodic and
lyrical ideas like the two opening tracks 'TC and Honeybear' and
'Marz', or the late-night melancholy of 'Where Dreams Go To Die'
(the love child of Tom Waits and David Lynch) Mr Grant is never
less than a tantalizing guide though these beguiling imaginative
and deeply personal emotional landscapes.

He has a beautiful voice. Warm, rich, tonally secure and grounded.

Every song here has a curious tale to tell and Mr Grant has an
extraordinary capacity to breathe life into his subject matter.

'Sigourney Weaver' is a deliciously funny confection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Conan the Stamp Collector on 21 Mar. 2013
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I have come to this album after first buying "Pale Green Ghosts" and though the sounds are different, thematically they are similar. I mean this in a positive way. The witty title hints at John's sexuality and the songs within mention lost love And the bigotry he has faced.

The album is predominately an acoustically created work with caustic, witty and alienated undertones. As previously intimated the songs are of melancholy love, loss, regret and anger wrapped in harmoniously layered instruments.

I have a great deal of respect from John's obvious musically talent. He knows how to produce a tune, but I am staggered by the poetry and depth of his lyrics.

Individual tune breakdown is not my thing, I leave it to the reader/listener to make up their own mind about what they each mean and what similar style of music they remind you of. However I will stick my neck out and describe musical undercurrents as left field as Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bell mixed in with early 70's Cohen and Dylan. ( Call me crazy if you wish, bet you hear it too). Along with this there is rye wink towards stylistic folk music of the Fleet Foxes mixed in a tumble dryer with world weary Tom Waits cera 1975.

Enough of me trying to write like a music critic. This is an autobiographical confession of the soul that leaves you picking your jaw of the floor. JG like all great artists is a bit of a tortured soul, but that is where is strength lies.

I highly recommend "Queen of Denmark" and its follow up. This is what a true musician sounds like, it's not easy but will reward with repeated listening.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
4.5 stars

Sometimes album covers can set a "tone" for a record although quite what John Grant's image on the "Queen of Denmark" is intended to covey defeats me. While it might bear an uncanny resemblance to Keith Flint of the Prodigy, that is where the similarity ends since in terms of inspiration "Queen of Denmark" is about as far away as humanely possible to the sound produced by the twisted fire starters. Grant's previous band "The Czars" who came out of the Denver music scene in the 1990s but later imploded and barely registered in the UK. Yet those who did hear great songs like "Goodbye" and the superb country ballad "Bright black eyes" will know one key fact above all else namely that John Grant has one of the richest baritone voices in music. The Czars produced their fair share of lush chamber pop but on the "Queen of Denmark", John Grant has pushed the boat out and it sails brilliantly.

He does this in partnership with none other than Midlake. Grant recorded this album in Midlake's studio in Denton, Texas as Tim Smith and co were concluding their beautiful if flawed English folk rock based extravaganza "The Courage of Others". He is also touring the USA at the present with the band. What is interesting in this excellent debut album is that the presence of Midlake is primarily based on their 70s-style soft-rock know-how (Van Occupanther era) rather than their latest preoccupation. You certainly can hear some of the pastoral themes of the "Courage of Others not least of all on the one of the highlights of the album "I wanna go to Marz" which echoes "Winter dies" and throughout Midlake are the perfect backdrop to Grant's rich pop songs into which they breath life, but never overly intrude.
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