Album review: John Grant – ‘The Queen Of Denmark’ (Bella Union)

Letting it all out never sounded so sweet

Heralding the return of John Grant after the demise of his former band The Czars left him contemplating suicide, ‘Queen…’ sees him back on top form and teaming up with labelmates Midlake. Wry tales of personal redemption from an artist who has dealt with his own demons of depression and addiction are backed up by Midlake’s familiar ’70s soft-rock style, which has been tuned to its most dreamy. Brilliant lead track ‘TC & Honeybear’ is a mellow pop/folk swoon with a celestial soprano vocal, throughout which Grant’s effortlessly smooth baritone provides a perfectly rich, bittersweet counterpoint to the sparse piano and delicate flute and strings backing.

[b]Tessa Harris[/b]

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