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  • Vinyl (9 Oct. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B00ZYY5YR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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John Grant's third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, is a veritable tour-de-force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track's new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of "Black Blizzard" echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard 'Black Devil Disco Club' Fevre's beautiful and icy synthscapes. The contagious, gleeful "You And Him" marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow, while orchestral drama swathes the bad-dreamy "Global Warming" and the album's gorgeously aching widescreen finale "Geraldine".

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans) - coincidentally the same state of Texas where Grant nailed his 2010 solo debut Queen Of Denmark in the company of Denton's wondrous Midlake. After that landmark return, which MOJO made its album of 2010, 2013's Pale Green Ghosts was made in Icelandic capital Reykjavik (where Grant has lived ever since), which entered the UK Top 20 in its first week and ended up as Rough Trade Shop's Album of the Year 2013, The Guardian's No.2 and in MOJO and Uncut's Top Five). Such recognition, iced by years of sell-out shows across Europe and a recent US tour as special invited guest of the Pixies, should allow the notoriously self-critical and insecure Grant the passing thought that Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will deservedly cement his reputation as the most disarmingly honest, caustic, profound and funny diarist of the human condition in the persistently testing, even tragic, era that is the 21st century.

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I discovered John Grant a few years ago when he appeared on the Jools Holland show.performing material from the Pale Green Ghosts album. I loved the combination of witty but dark lyrics overlaid on top of sweeping electronic and/or orchestral backdrops. This latest album is much more a development of this material than the earlier work on Queen of Denmark. I find the tracks more consistent in quality, richer in musical texture, and more experimental vocally. The flip side is that I don't feel any of the tracks have the same brilliance as "Queen of Denmark", "Pale Green Ghosts" and "Glacier". The good news is that the more I listen to some of the more esoteric songs, like "Voodoo Doll", the more I grow to like them.
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great stuff
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For me, not as striking as PGG, but still brutally funny and very cleverly arranged. I'm finding this album improves with repeat listening, whereas PGG was quite immediate. John's vocals were to the fore on PGG whilst the musical arrangements on this one are more complicated, so I found myself having to refer to the lyrics for several. 'Only' four stars as I'm comparing it with my early impression of PGG, which made quite an impact. Going to go out on a limb and suggest that this one can be quite overt and childish in places too; struggling to think of a more interesting contemporary songwriter, though.
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What's not to like. Loved his work since The Czars. A joy.
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Brilliant album with great variety. Clever lyrics all the way through!! Makes me want to dance and I can't stop listening to it!
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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2015
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The follow up to the excellent Pale Green Ghosts sees John Grant returning triumphantly to Texas (where he recorded his first album) complete with his Icelandic fellows from the previous albums and a few chums. Bookended by two spoken pieces from Corinthians (you know the one used at weddings to describe love) the twelve tracks of Grey Tickles, Black Pressure sees Grant in fine form. Delivering dark lyrics, ballads and some funkier numbers to great effect. The title track shows the balladry of well but as ever the devil is in the lyrical detail as Grant moans about how 'there are children who have cancer, and so all bets are off, cause I can't compete with that.' Indeed his darkly cynical and cutting lyrical style is in great effect on this album. Snug Slacks sees him almost entering Beck territory musically and making snide comments about someone who has good looks in abundance, a topic he returns to on You and Him where he compares the subject of the song to Hitler and Pol Pot. Nice. Disappointing is a track which is certain to draw attention as it sees him listing things that are disappointing, he is joined in this by Tracey Thorn who marries her deadpan delivery with his brilliantly.

As an album it gradually moves the previous effort on to more funky territory whilst not really messing with that formula. There are no real surprises here except possibly one. Its as good as its predecessor and maybe a little better.
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I am slowly falling in love with this music. It is not an instant shallow 'like' of an album. The electronic sounds are a stretch for me but oh I like this expansion of my musical education. I am wrong - it is not about learning to enjoy, rather it is a sneaky seduction with sounds, language and voices combining to create a glorious and fun experience. It's already hard to chose but my standout tracks so far are 'Down Here' for instant emotional gratification, 'Magma Arrives' and 'Black Blizzard' for splendour with 'Snug Slacks' for kicks and giggles.
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Great album, if you get a chance see him live - amazing artist
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