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I probably can not add much to any of the plaudits that have already been said about this beautiful album, but would take issue with some of the detractors. This is an album full of great melodies, tunes that inspire, lyrics full of pathos and humour and an originality that is so good it almost hurts.
I have been listening to this for over a month now and it is rapidly becoming my album of the year (ish) as there are quite a few contenders. John Grant wears his heart (and homosexuality) on his sleeve in songs like 'Its easier' which is an ode to love gone sour and the sad realisation of the self deception we all go through when emotions get the better of us. I think there are so many stand out tunes that it is hard to say any are better than others but particular favourites are 'Marz', 'Lepoard and Lamb' and the title track 'Queen of Denmark'. The one that got me hooked was 'Where dreams go to die' which has the great line 'I regret the day you're lovely carcass caught my eye'. I have heard him compared to The Magnetic Fields around the time of '69 Love songs' but I think the comparison ends with the vocal style and an ability to wend humour into evocative music. That said John Grant's lyrics and delivery are far more evocative and all of his tunes have far more depth and resonance.
He made this after Midlake not only encouraged him to do so but allowed him to use thier studio and became his backing band, so I think we owe a great debt of thanks to Midlake for allowing this brilliant album to see the light of day. I can not wait for his follow up and in the meantime I have started to get hold of the 'internationally ignored' The Czars. I nicked that last quote from 'the great film 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', sorry.