January 5, 2007
The Good, The Bad & The Queen: Kingdom Of Doom
A love song for “the collaboration”
It may be no accident that, when the promo copy is loaded via iTunes, this record is listed as ‘Baby It’s You’ by The Beatles; it is, after all, the closest Damon Albarn has swerved towards ’60s Brit psychedelia since modern life was below-par back in ’93. With its chonky piano-thumps and scabrous melody, ‘Kingdom Of Doom’ is a Kinks song at heart, albeit one dragged through 40 years of economic freefall, miners’ strikes, ‘London Calling’, Thatcher, Cold War paranoia, IRA bombings, Brixton riots, Gulf War I, 9/11, Gulf War II, 7/7 and being sold down the river by a hypocritical cocksucker of a PM. “Drink all day ’cos the country’s at war”, Damon deadpans as Simon Tong’s serrated Smithsian guitars sketch out a proud country in ruins. Should be on the National Curriculum.
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