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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002DYLUL4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Jamie T - Kings And Queens - Cd

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One of the year’s most eagerly awaited albums, Kings and Queens is as convincing as a follow-up gets these days, as Jamie Treays and his musical collaborator Ben ‘Bones’ Coupland expand on 2007’s acclaimed Panic Prevention without any obvious concessions. Playing virtually every instrument, the pair may not sound quite like a band, but they sure sound human. The opening "368" defies easy categorisation, perhaps capturing some of the feel of MIA’s Clash-sampling "Paper Planes" while "Hocus Pocus", effectively the title track, is as unfocussed and entertaining as a messy evening out. The Clash are an influence throughout but it’s the underrated Combat Rock era, where their influences stretched beyond America to encompass the world, that leaves a mark. Kings and Queens is very much a London record for all that, but these days the whole world makes up the capital, and plenty of local types turn up here. "Sticks’n’Stones" even rhymes ‘shooting gallery’ with ‘Jeremy’, in possibly the most middle-class drug reference ever made, while "Emily’s Heart" is as weary and lovely as the Lemonheads’ classic "My Drug Buddy". The cutely titled "Chaka Demus" is witty and cheerful (‘there’s an Englishman in every coward’, declares Treays), the warped folk of "Spider’s Web" steamrollers the concept of musical authenticity, while "Castro Dies", with distinctly grimy keyboard stabs lifting the chorus, resists cliche. Stranger still "Earth Wind and Fire" welds an urban dance beat to a country-rock stadium chorus, with unexpected success. Tellingly though the simple, affecting "Jilly Armeen" that closes the album, with whistling and fingerpicking, is an instant fan favourite. As pop savvy as Lily Allen and as diverting as Mike Skinner at his sharpest, Kings and Queens is as prime as any British pop in 2009. --Steve Jelbert

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Now here's a very talented young man to be sure.
Jamie T. (nee Treays) second album 'Kings and Queens'
is, from top to tail, an entertaining and highly
original body of work.

The 11 songs in this new collection build on the strong
foundations laid down in his 2007 debut 'Panic Prevention'.
There is considerably greater maturity in both writing and
production but his raw energy and wit are undiminished.

Sure there's a pinch of this and peck of that in evidence
but Mr T wears his influences and musical loves lightly.

'368' is a powerful opening track.
Dark, disconcerting and electrifying.

'Sticks 'n' Stones' is alone worth the price of the album.
A raucous, driving, pogo-inducing blast of a performance.
Full of hoots and whoops and blistering conviction.
An absolute joy in every way !!

His collaboration with Mr Coupland has resulted in music
of truly exhilarating complexity and imagination.

The calamitous chorus and vigorous vocal delivery of
'The Man's Machine' is a rousing and affecting anthem.

'Emily's Heart' is a stripped down, powerful ballad with a
timelessly convincing quality conveying brutally sculpted emotion.

The finger-picking hokey charm of 'Spider's Web' is funny and smart.
This lad delivers more words per square inch than The Oxford English
Dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus combined.

'Earth, Wind & Fire' is a surreal highlight.
Disjointed, unpredictable but strangely, wonderfully coherent.

Closing track 'Jilly Armeen' is a crazy little masterpiece.
Eccentrically English yet delightfully unconventional.

A riveting and mind-bending achievement.

Essential.
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I bought this after listening to Jamie T do his thing in the live lounge. To be honest I was only interested in Chaka Demus and wasn't really expecting much from the rest of the album. How wrong I was. This whole album is fantastic, I am so pleased I went for the whole album and not a single download. Kings & Queens has earned it's royal place as one of my favorite albums bought this year.
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Bought this on the day of release after thoroughly enjoying his debut album Panic Prevention. This album is as good if not better than his debut. The upbeat melodies and genius lyrics work perfectly well to create an album that in my opinion gets you in a good mood and is happy, but underneath the upbeat are the lyrics which need to be heard for Jamie T to be appreciated. Its not without a couple of surprising songs either, which seem to come out of nowhere, which makes them even more so pleasant. Since buying I have hardly stopped listening to it, just so I can hear the lyrics again and properly.
I highly recommend this album if you enjoyed his first, or just fancy listening to something happy and meaningful.
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I was a fan of Mr. T's first album, and in my opinion this, his second offering, shows how he has matured. 'Chaka Demus' is my favourite track, but there are many other really good ones, including 'Sticks and Stones', 'Spiders Web', 'Earth Wind and Fire', and 'British Intelligence'.

If you liked the first album you'll definately like this one, I feel his sound has become fuller and more interesting. His lyrics are great and of course full of wit, and will have you singing along in no time. Just buy it and see what I mean.
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I did love Jamie T's debut album 'Panic Prevention', and as soon as I heard it back in 2007, I instantly thought what a great young talent this guy is. Two years later he gave us 'Kings & Queens', a more experimental, mature, polished album and performance. Is it superior? - I would say so.

Like 'Panic Prevention', the songs here display his great passion and affection for his London, as well his tongue-in-cheek takes on modern life, and the witty little digs in the face of political correctness are still present. However, the acoustic ballad (along with the album's closer 'Jilly Armeen') and standout 'Emily's Heart' is very different to Jamie's normal style and offerings. This excellent tune is one of his most soft and tender songs to date, and in the same tradition as Bob Dylan, who is a major influence to so many young and aspiring artists.

My second favourite song here is the electronica-influenced opener, '368', a portrait of street life and the drugs and alcohol. As soon as you play it, followed by the catchy and upbeat 'Hocus Pocus' (easily one of the most accessible tracks), and the energetic driving hit 'Sticks 'n' Stones', you just know that 'Kings & Queens' is going to be good.

A master storyteller, this man's lyrics and vocal delivery are so down-to-earth, that most tracks are instantly very relatable to most listeners. Like Jamie Treays' other albums, this is music that I can play over again, and it still sounds fresh and exciting each time I do. He's real musician, and we should always support the real talent! For fans of The Libertines, The Maccabees, Arctic Monkeys, and Peace.
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Jamie T's 2007 debut was a hit and miss affair, with a whole bunch of great tunes and plenty of filler. Its genre-hopping and Jamie T's unique voice and lyricism made it a fascinating and often rewarding listen, but still nonetheless not a complete experience.

More than two years on, the follow-up album finally arrives and is everything a second album should be. Too many modern artists procrastinate following up their debut for so long that when it finally arrives, the band's sound has evolved beyond all recognition, usually more mainstream and commercialised. But while it's true Kings And Queens is poppier than its predecessor (although with songs like 'Sheila' and 'If You've Got The Money,' that was no slouch in the tune department) it retains Jamie T's individuality.

Where Panic Prevention was a collection of songs, Kings And Queens is a real album. Its swampy, late-night feel continues from start to finish, rarely picking up beyond a laid back tempo. Opener '368' sets the otherworldy scene with its off-kilter, pitchshifted chorus and staggering beat. 'Emily's Heart' meanwhile, is a downbeat acoustic ballad continuing where the last album's 'Back In The Game' left off. Best of all is 'Castro Dies,' a perfect storm of hooks, razor-sharp hip-hop, beats and bassline.

So many of the 21st Century's new artists simply give up by album two or forget what made them unique. Jamie T has built on his formula to make a second album far better than his first. His next move will doubtless be fascinating.
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