Darren Hayman And The Long Parliament - 'Four Queens'
Affecting stuff as Hayman delves into history again
7 / 10
Rebranding from indie pop to alt.folk, Darren Hayman follows 'The Violence' – last year's magnificent treatise on the Civil War-era Essex witch trials – with more historical lilting, this time about queens. 'Henrietta Maria' lathers lounge music over Hayman dedicating ornate chapels and bloody wars to his sovereign like a Renaissance Nick Cave, while 'Nine Day Queen' is a luscious, lute-lapped lullaby about Lady Jane Grey, queen for nine days in 1553 and beheaded for treason aged 17. It's affecting stuff, even when Allo Darlin's Elizabeth Morris takes the lead as a reflective 'Elizabeth The First', or when 'Eleanor Of Aquitaine' tackles the cold-hearted Anna Wintour of 1154.
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