Queen of Denmark is the debut solo album by American musician and former The Czars frontman John Grant, released via Bella Union on April 19, 2010. It is a collaboration between Grant and members of the American folk rock band Midlake, who had persuaded him to end his four-year hiatus from music following the break-up of The Czars.Wikipedia
Absolute fantastic album from someone I've never heard of before. I'm ~250 songs in to the 1,001 albums book, and this is the first one where I stopped what I was doing to read the lyrics as they were sung. I'm so happy I discovered this album and this artist. Will definitely be listening to more. Sigourney Weaver and Jesus Hates Faggots are the best, but the rest of the songs have fantastic melodies and harmonies. Really well done.
Haiku tuesday: Prepared for weird crap; but novel, modern folk songs; Long live Denmark's Queen
i've said it before but its worth repeating. this is the type of wank that mark Chapman saved us from. if lennon had been left to his own devices and kept releasing music that wasn't filtered by the rest of the beatles this is what it would sound like. if this was the only music available in the world i would be melting out my eardrums right now. if the americans caught me and started to waterboard me this is the music that would make me crack. fuck me its bad. its really bad. like awful. to give it credit though its sent me on a roller coaster of emotions between hatred, confusion, sympathy, comedy and back to anger. if there was a 0 this cunt would be getting it. i'm fuming. nothing but sneks, its me and my baby from here on.
Originally I thought this was going to hit the same vibe as Joni Mitchell, Fred Neil and Tracy Chapman for me, where I could appreciate the lyrics but the music wouldn't move me. But I feel like the record slowly evolved and became catchier with each passing song. Legit, it was like, gaining stars as the tracks went on. "Sigourney Weaver" slaps. A lot of tracks do.
Bo Burnham meets Dark side of the moon
Very cool, almost pink floydy like synths
Queen Of Denmark is a beautiful Grant/Midlake collab album that I grabbed on CD when I saw them all perform 10 years ago. The classic indie folk sound that he creates paints a picture from another time. I have always visualized his & Midlake's music as a backdrop for an underground home in the deep woods, in which animals and humans coexist and speak the same language, much like a Colin Meloy book. Queen Of Denmark hits all the modern indie folk marks with stellar storytelling, diverse instrumentation (flutes, keys, & strings), tons of humor, catchy grooves, and endearing ballads. Forgot how much HUMOR :) Chicken Bones & Silver Platter Club are delightful musically, but lyrically produce plenty of smiles & chuckles. And of course, Outer Space and Jesus Hates Faggots are my favs for their imagery and messages of true love.
Lovely John and lovely Midlake. Lovely electro-pop at the end.
Enjoyable. Mix of Bowie, Father John Misty, Beatles, Pink Floyd
Well that was, different.
Best new (to me) music I've heard in ages.
This was *not* what I expected. A little OK Computer, a little Joy Division. I need a few more listens, but I think I'm gonna love this album.
How to lift a relentlessly solemn romantic ballad? How about "Baby, you're where dreams go to die / And I regret the day your lovely carcass caught my eye." Sumptuous padded drums and baroque piano runs also help. Okay, so I'm just describing the gorgeous Where the Dreams Go To Die. Outside of that, Grant proves himself a songwriting ten-ringer again and again, serving up brilliance from the higher echelons of the Fulcrum in the order of chrous conceits that cycle through the names of different famous actress to describe how he feels (Sigourney Weaver), lyrics so prosaic they turn poetic (Queen of Denmark), some kind of Scissor Sisters pastiche (Chicken Bones), birthright circus-clowning (Silver Platter Club), I'm-so-good-at-this-I-can-say-anything home truths (Jc Hates Faggots), and nihilist satire (That's the Good News). He doesn't kid like Stephen Merrit, rock like Lou, or dance like Tennant-Lowe, but he finds a space between all three. To finish, here's one of the many magnificent runs from the kiss off title track. This review is already too long, but then again, so is the album. And as Grant shows us, if you got it, flaunt it. "It was this 'us and them' shit that did me in / You tell me that my life is based upon a lie / I casually mention that I pissed in your coffee / I hope you know that all I want from you is sex / To be with someone that looks smashing in athletic wear."
Boy, this one was a bit of a rollercoaster. It's a collab with Midlake and they're amazing talents so it sounds great. But there are several problematic things with this album. Grant's lyrics are often just ridiculous and out of synch with his delivery. The song "Sigourney Weaver" has a line that goes, "I feel like Winona Rider in that one movie about vampires. She never got the accent right and neither did that one guy." And the song "Chicken Bones" is just utterly ridiculous. On top of that, several bits of music are directly bitten from other artists. "Where Dreams Go To Die" hinges on the musical hook from "Across The Universe" by The Beatles and it just goes downhill from there. Which is a shame because it's a good listen ... until you start to really listen.
Amazing lyrics.. Good laugh when high
TC and Honeybear reached out and grabbed me. Where Dreams Go To Die has awesome lyrics and an uncomplicated soundscape to drive the focus on the lyrics. great tune. Then right on its heels Sigourney Weaver just comes in with the silliest lyrics. This album kicks ass.
I loved this album. Weird and synthy and completely unexpected. Need to spend more time with the lyrics but the songs remind me a little of They Might Be Giants, Jonathon Coulton, and Harry Nilsson
Wrote a review and lost it by mistake. It sounds a bit like Queen meets Sea Change Era Beck meets musical theatre at times. Not Zappa-like at all as some reviewers seem to comment. It's kind of morose and grim as it progresses but I don't hate that at all. There's also a very Muse/emo harmonic piano meeting depressed lyrics with strong vocals. It is, above all else, beautiful. That's the Good News gets real weird real quick with a bizarre German accent that I think is supposed to resemble Kraftwerk? It's also kind of like the I need Compliments song. That said.... it fucking slaps. Supernatural Defribulator continues this theme with an Electric-Six style electo-pop mix. Highs - Chicken Bone, Queen of Denmark, That's the Good News, Supernatural Defribulator.
Don't know this at all so first time of listening. Initial thoughts are why haven't I heard this before! Great songs and a lovely voice. The story behind the album is great too. Superfans helping out their idol! Some lovely songs and he has a lovely tone to his voice. The lyrics are poignant and heart rending at times. Absolutely love it. Highlights "Where Dreams Go To Die" "Marz" "Sigourney Weaver" "Jesus Hates Faggots" "Outer Space" "Caramel" and "Queen Of Denmark". In Fact I don't think there is a bad song on the album. Wow that's a great album and rightfully placed on this list in my opinion. Love it so much I bought it for my collection.
Wow, how did I miss this guy? Really liked this album, guys got a real distinct sound, kinda gothy and synthy. Like the lyric work too, didn't seem to take himself too seriously
A few surprising gems in the latter half.
2 Sterne, weil ich bei ca. 2 Liedern nicht fast eingeschlafen bin
Eurgh, it’s pretty boring and every song sounds like a bad version of a better song. Not for me at all.
This shit sucked
Hm, konnte mich nicht darauf einlassen.
What an unlistenable piece of garbage. What idiot added this to the list?
This sucked. It was like middle-school affirmation poetry set to forgettable music. Dude, try some subtlety. Try some metaphor. Try some allegory. Try anything that you might have learned in 8th grade English. Reciting your feelings with an echo and backed by some dreamy guitar does not an artist make. Look, there are a lot of artists out there who can A) say everything you're trying to say; and B) actually make music that people want to listen to, and that can work on several different levels. Take my girl T-Swift, for instance. Is that pop-infused fun that can be belted out while driving down the highway? A statement on late 20s angst and growing up? YES! It's both! See, that wasn't so hard! Or actually, maybe it was. Maybe that's why there's only one Tay-Tay and about a 1000 of these guys roaming the college bars in the early 2000s. Another lesson that being "edgy" takes talent - just whispering a bunch of shit doesn't make you edgy. It just makes you quiet and forgettable. Although a bonus 1/2 point for frequent mentions of planets (I guess Marz with a 'z' is "Edgy-Mars"?).
This album is the diary of person who has faced alienation his entire life. And the songs bring those emotions to life in a fantastic piece of work.
Primero lo pensé como una mezcla entre Perfume Genius y Weyes Blood (por lo que he escuchado, pues). Me gustó ese tonito melancólico, pero de repente un poco subido de ánimo y tempo, jaja, también la voz del John Grant. Luego le puse atención a las letras y me pareció un letrista estupendo. Después volví a escuchar y me di cuenta de que es de estos discos que me gustan mucho. Hay letras llegadoras, sí, pero también las hay medio bobas como "I wish I had the brain of a Tyrannosaurus Rex so that I wouldn't have to deal with all this crap". También, sorprendente la mención a Eduardo Verástegui (!) como referente de masculinidad. En fin, favs: "Marz", "It's Easier" y "Jesus Hates Faggots". "Silver Platter Club" también está buena, sobre todo para el wokismo. 10/10
Really liked this
Classic Rock? Folk Rock? Pudding Rock? I liked it!
Antes de escucharlo, estuve pensando en David Bowie (?). No sé si eso influyó, pero mucho de este disco me dio las mismas vibras que “Space Oddity”. Tiene letras muy bonitas también.
What even is this? Is it folk? Pop? Rock? I finally figured it out when I got to track 5, “Chicken Bones”… John Grant is They Might Be Giants. Or close enough. Fan-blanking-tactic lyrics. Fun music. Great vocals. I’ll be spinning this one again.
Really good!! Very complex and deep/thoughtful!
Never heard of this album, or artist, before but it was really great. Very, very cool.
Fav songs: - Outer Space - Where Dreams Go To Die - Chicken Bones - Jc Hates Faggots
First time ever listen. Stunning album. The titular song is such a powerful song.
I have some great memories of this album, i love it!
The track Sigourney Weaver fukkin rocks.
Wow, absolutely fantastic. First 5 I've given to a fresh album on this list.
Didn't know what to expect. I liked this a lot!
I've never heard of him before but this album really spoke to me. He has a gorgeous voice and the instrumentation here is lush and beautiful. The lyrics are the kind of wry, witty observational humor that I love too.
Ein fallegasta plata sem ég veit um. Allar stjörnurnar.
Very weird album, but in the best way. Super
I had no idea what to expect from this, but I love it. The confessional, surreal, often darkly humourous lyrics are beautifully complimented by the gentle folk rock with just the right amount of experimental elements and Grant's easy, evocative vocal. 5/5
Ever since I saw John Grant on telly perform Marz live at Glastonbury, I've loved his music. Taking Marz as an example- on the surface it's a long list of sweet treats overlaying a pretty basic chord progression. Scratch the surface though and it has things to say about abrahamic images of heaven being entirely based around male adult fantasy. 80,000 servants and 72 virgins or a trip to your favourite sweet shop?
Superb album. He's an amazing lyricist and musician, and just when you think you know what you're getting, you get so much more in the last third of the album.
Beautiful strings and pianos fill in the rainy soundscape of this album, while John floats modern classic lyrics and vocal delivery on the foam layer of this artisinal coffee.
Just…. Brilliant. I was engrossed in every second of this project. I need more of this.
omg love, love, love
such an amazing album, I need to check out this dudes other stuff big fan of the self-reflective 2010s alternative music (like Nakey Jakeys stuff or twenty one pilots music while they were good, from self titled through vessel; blurry face and everything after kinda sucked, oh and regional at best is my favorite) overall yeah, this albums based as fuck, consider me a huge fan of this guy, 10/10
FIVE STARS This is exactly the sort of stuff I signed for. Discovering great stuff I had never hear or even heard of before. Because even if you haven't heard anything about John Grant before, chances are that his first solo album is that type of record that is bound to stay with you when you've finished listening to it--granted that the artist ticks all those proverbial idiosyncratic boxes of yours. And John Grant does for this writer here. Already a great piano player blessed with a tenor voice that does wonders throughout this first album, Grant is also an arresting songwriter who has quite a precise story to tell here, transcending his assets as a musician and delivering a gem that didn't receive enough praise at the time of its release. The former leader of the Czars (who took a four-year break from music after the demise of his band) is indeed *not* your usual seventies-type folk-rock balladeer, even though he mostly draws on this codified tradition. And this very creative paradox is only one among many. A gay man raised in a conservative home in Michigan and Colorado, Grant had certainly gone through hard times when *Queen Of Demmark* was released in 2010: alcoholism, childhood trauma, troubles to deal with his sexual orientation, and most of all, a difficult separation with an anonymous lover. So the bulk of *Queen Of Denmark* is a break-up album, sure, but one that comes with *huge* twists when compared with other examples in this genre. And the biggest twist is that the self-deprecating Grant often comes off as a very personal lyricist here, either penning hilarious one-liners or dropping mordant observations about himself or his characters. Rarely have break-up albums been this lively. Part-Stephen Merritt, part-Gene Clark, part-Elton John, part-Nick Cave and part-Nick Drake, John's vocabulary can only be his nonetheless, rendering those tentative comparisons moot once you delve further into his art. On the lighter side of things, this knack for off-kilter, yet *killer* words allowed him to record instant hits such as the novelty parody "On A Silver Platter" or "Sigourney Weaver"--a track fooling around with the song narrator's identification to female Hollywood figures such as Weaver's Ellen Ripley or Winona Ryder, helping him deal with his feelings of being an outcast for eternity. Grant's talent is even more impressive on devastating tracks such as "JC Hates Faggots", where a gay man roasts his father's toxic and traumatic influence on him. And the harshness of the title-track, concluding this record, is just plain unforgettable. Grant sure passes off as a piece of work on this one. But those flaws are also what allow him to write great songs. And they absolve him of unfair accusations of cynicism (some reviewers at the time certainly *didn't* get the themes of the album at all). This particular talent as a lyricist wouldn't be as effective as it is if Grant had not also taken painstaking care in creating a musical canvas that is equally luminous and heartbreaking thoughout the record. The piano riff and chorus of "Marz", as deceptively simple as they sound, are instantly catchy. Grant often modulates harmonies from minor to major modes and back, weaving heratwrenching, bittersweet atmospheres. Apart from piano and guitars, some weird yet often very melodic synth lines and arrangements also bring a color at key moments of many songs, bringing a welcome respite from the overall intensity displayed in some of those tracks. Kudos for the Midlake band for serving as a backing band for Grant and helping him shape those awesome songs--legend has it that without Midlake, Grant wouldn't have returned to music, and we can all be thankful to them for being so supportive. After John Grant released *The Queen Of Denmark*, the artist moved back to Europe (where he had lived before), was diagnosed HIV-positive, ended up in Iceland, settled with a new guy there, and, more importantly for us as listeners, dabbled into some even *weirdest* music languages, some sort of synth pop with a bend for high concepts and elaborate layerings (some enlightening, others a little too obscure for this writer maybe--interestingly, this subsequent high-brow-yet-campy direction is foretold in the bonus tracks in some editions of *The Queen of Denmark*, less remarkable, but still a good fun). It seems that as bizarre and eccentric those albums are, John looks like a happy middle-aged man now. We can all be happy for him. And no matter what happens now or next, he's still left us an incredible first album. This album stemmed from clear pain, no doubt about that. But the pleasure it can still give you today makes such pain 100% worthwhile now. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
Very fun album!
Holy cow...When MOJO says “instant Classic” you can believe them! A masterpiece of songcraft and sonic invention. I’d give this more stars if I could...
Never heard of him. I’m on my 10th listen in 2 days. Really really enjoyable.
I rolled my eyes when this album first started but by the end I was fully enjoying it. Aside from sparks this is one of the more truly unique albums I’ve had. John’s folk voice singing Weird Al but edgy lyrics in a indie rock/pop album was a really interesting combination. All of the songs were good but sigourney weaver, jesus hates faggots, and the last couple songs really stood out
Fucking brilliant album
Oh! Quelle surprise!The vocals are gorgeous! Lush, and enthralling. The instrumentation is magical. What an incredible combo. It slaps you in the face immediately with its point of view and personality on TC and Honeybear. I'm a huge fan of quirky, oddball, weirdo lyrics presented with straight up earnestness and unapologetic frankness. This is the niche divergent music I am so grateful for. A true hidden gem. I absolutely hate this album cover though. It's so awful and creepy, it does the beautiful music on this album no justice whatsoever and probably alienates a lot of potential listeners. I wasn't excited about it when I saw it. I dreaded it actually. What a pleasant surprise though, I'm glad I gave it a chance.
Already one of my favourites. Everyone should listen to this album. It's funny, tragic, and thought provoking.
I had never heard of John Grant or this album, but I love it. Warm, melodic and fun music, ranging from folk to more poppy stuff, and fantastic lyrics.
I don't always know what he's talking about, but I'm feeling the feels. Not my favorite John Grant album, but still great!
This album is a great example of why I signed up for this project. I'm just going to post the lyrics to the chorus of the track, Sigourney Weaver, which nestles itself as track #4 on John Grant's glorious album, Queen of Denmark. That way, you'll know instantly if you're remotely interested in engaging with this acoustic rock masterpiece released in 2010 or if you're happy living a life of mediocrity and disappointment. And I feel just like Sigourney Weaver When she had to kill those aliens And that one guy had to bring them back to earth And she couldn't believe her ears Note: However you imagine the song sounding, you're wrong. Check it out while researching the incredible backstory of this amazing artist.
Glad to be turned on to this artist. Hadn’t heard of him, and his lyrics are clever and music is unique and good.
This was much better than I was expecting, knowing nothing about it. I am reluctant to give it a 5 but i'm not sure i like giving it a 4 either
Damn this one took me on a ride. This guy has such an impressive knack for melody, harmony, telling narrative through instrument choice, supporting a theme, tasteful and focused embellishment, and a palpably Frank sincerity to his writing.... I could gush about this on and on. The haunting, dramatic vocal sweeps on TC & Honeybear by both John and the operatic backing vocalist. The brilliantly tongue-in-cheek Silver Platter and its fanciful, almost cartoonish use of brass and wind to underscore a very particular mood. The beautifully heartfelt Caramel that could just as easily be interpreted to sing the praise of a lover of John's or of his own eventual self acceptance. The infectious contempt in the dark synth textures on Jesus Hates Faggots, mirroring the vitriol of John's parental figure on the chorus and surely that of his own response to such hate.... I could go on, everything seems so well considered. I vibe with all of it and relate to much of it. I love this. I will listen again, I will listen to his other records, I will see him live. Incredible. Highlights: Caramel, TC & Honeybear, Silver Platter Lowlights: nothing.
This was a big surprise. Cross between Father John Misty and Harry Nillson
One of my favourite artists and albums. An artist who keeps me on my toes with each new release.
This is the case of an album, that gets better after every listening. It's a very charming record, that has many surprises hidden in very irreverent and full of humour tracks. The album is defined by the last, self-titled song, Queen of Denmark. An epic melody, in the essence of folk, with its quirky lyrics, perfectly symbolises how good and different the record is. John Grant has a great voice, but his true ability is to write and transform the lyrics into amazing pieces, but keeping it down to earth at the same time. I will need many more listening sessions with this album to truly rate it, but until then I'm happy to give it a highest possible note.
First half a little lackluster, but really opens up in the back half
2/3 Got real deep on his personal struggles, not living up to certain expectations. Respect that alot. Standout Tracks: Where Dreams Go To Die, Chicken Bones, Silver Platter Club, Jesus Hates Faggots, Queen Of Denmark
Lush and made me feel at peace. The lyrics threw me off half the time, but the instrumentation, musical arrangement, and vocal delivery saved it every time. So close to being a 5-star album but not quite there.
Great voice, great songs, great production
Great folk album, has a great baritone voice and great instrumentals, not the biggest fan of the lyrics
a couple good songs on here, particularly sigourney weaver
A nice surprise. ReListened to this one. Lots of interesting influences.
This one was a surprise! I liked the songwriting
Witty lyrics, cool backstory on the artist, and fun listening.
I was not familiar with this artist going into it, but I did enjoy this album.
Good album with variation, my personal favorite song is "SIlver Platter Club"
Elton John meets Bo Burnham
Solid and moody
This has a bit of a Zappa vibe about it. This is a pretty smooth album, great one to play while working. JC Hates Faggots maybe nsfw, lol.
Like, maar geen blijver
Prefer his later electro-y stuff but some fun tracks on this too.
Zappa vibes. - @billythekid "JC Hates Faggots" - NSFW. might need the volume down if there are little ears around! - @billythekid
Dream poppy singer songwritery loveliness - will check out more of his stuff, for sure. Fave track - "It's Easier"
This is pretty great. Emotional, strong - definitely something I was skeptical of going into but it ended up hitting me pretty hard.
I'm new to John Grant, and what I've enjoyed most after the first three songs is his choice of tonal movement. It's nice to listen to music that isn't wholly predictable, and the first two songs on this album kept things off balance just enough to draw me in. From track six - "I wish I had the brain of a Tyrannosaurus rex so I wouldn't have to deal with all this crap" is a sentiment I can really identify with some days. Just finished, and I've come away a fan which I didn't necessarily expect after the first track. I'll come back to this album again for sure!
It grew on me as I listened to it. Wasn't enjoying it but by the end I was really into it. So I listened to it again, almost a throwback to older folk from the sixties.
Melódico, blandito, nostálgico. Algunas canciones raritas. Sin embargo, interesante.
One of best examples on how to transform sadness into art. Beautiful melancholic songs with great arrangements. One of those albums
Creative, singing. Top ballads. Queen of Denmark. Where the dreams go to die. Sigourney Weaver. JC hates faggots
Chido. Sin skips, la verdad. Aunque no sé que tanto de posibilidad habría de volver a escucharlo. Me gustó sobre todo Marz. Pero en general muy disfrutable la combinación de synth pop, algo de rock, algo experimentalón, un poquito de instrumentación clásica y un toque medio dark. Mood: Güeyes Blood
bit wishy washy, but enjoyable. 7/10. 3 songs added to my music! P
Will listen again
Really enjoyed this
Mielenkiintoinen levy, kivasti vähän erilaisia biisejä. Alkuun ajattelin, että mikäs David Bowie -kopio tämä on, mutta ei se sitten kuitenkaan ollut ihan samaa tavaraa. Ehkä voisi tutustua jossain kohtaa myös artistin muuhun tuotantoon.
Enjoyed listening to this
Enjoyed it. Unusual but familiar.
Marz & Chicken Bones waren gut
John Grant's sweeping melancholy, rich baritone, and almost orchestral arrangements remind me a lot of Dennis Wilson's solo records. There's something so beautifully broken at the core of his music. I noticed I'd saved a more recent track by John Grant off a Spotify playlist, but regrettably never dug deeper until now. What a remarkable surprise that continues to unfold fresh beauty and heartache over every track. I hear echoes of Jens Lekman, Dennis Wilson, Louden Wainright III, Harry Nilsson, and many more tenderhearted piano pop crooners. It's like a more sincere Father John Misty. Every touch is so elegant and gorgeous. This album stopped me in my tracks. That major key turn into the chorus of "Where Dreams Go to Die" floored me. I wouldn't be surprised if my assessment grows over time. Favourite songs: "TC and Honeybear", "Where Dreams Go to Die", "Sigourney Weaver", and "Caramel"
Very interesting record. I feel a bit Harry Nilsson/Magnetic Fields in terms of raw production/musicianship. Very striking lyrics and beautiful arrangements over Grant's crooning. It's a tad bit on the long side, but that also gives you more places to dig into upon further listens, which I assume will give me even more appreciation for this record. Fav Tracks: "Caramel" and "Outer Space"
This album simply captured me on first listen, his voice is beautifully set against the music. I agree that it is a reminder of the equally as beautiful as Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blues but I also hear other early 70s influences that haven't been referenced, in particular the Carpenters and Gilbert O'Sullivan. Throught the record both of these artists influences came across. If you haven't listened to Gilbert O'Sullivan check out his album titled Himself. Stay away from the hit singles and give a good listen to the entire album, not all songs will hit you but give it a good listen and I think you will see some similarities. Beautiful album, beautiful lyrics (some seem a bit harsh) set beautifully to music that captures his voice and the songs perfectly. I can't stop listening to Where Dreams Go to Die.
don't like some of the lyrics but can respect the pain he experiences.
It's good, with some things I dont like that much, but it's more personal, I liked it, the middle tracks are amazing with good lyrics
Dreams go to Die und silverplate Club in die hangover Rotation! Ansonsten Folkrock mit ups and downs alles gut aber nicht alles meins
Nice instrumentals, good vocals, some nice touches of humour in the lyrics
Now, this was surprisingly great! I can’t go into all details as it confuses me a bit just listening to it…but it is tremendous! Album full of highlights! Not gonna lie either, when this showed up on my generator there was a part of me that was like “fuck sake, sounds shit, looks shit, what the fuck” but as always, gave it a bash and it’s outstanding! Highly recommended and another one that will be purchased!
This is a fantastic album lots of unique songs, various tempos from up beat to sad and romantic. Lyrics are fun and also serious. I like this album alot
A deep, sometimes hard hitting album. John Grant has a great voice and his lyrics are wonderful.
Really Great love his voice, very funny at times.
There was a moment in time, about ten years ago, when just about every artist seemed to be a solo male, with an appealing baritone singing catty-confessional lyrics over a piano and some horns. This is fresh out of that era, and I started off wary. It didn’t take long for Grant’s own brand of snarky to shimmer through and break down my defences, with his references to Sigourney Weaver, and Winona Ryder (she couldn’t really do the accent/but neither could that other guy), and his teetering a tightrope between debauched and debonair. His music contains enough crunch and delicacy to keep you hooked, and though not every song will stick with you, enough will, and the strong songs are spread nicely through its substantial length.
Well this was very enjoyable. Having had a good old go at this album when it first popped, I still recalled parts of it and Marz in particular was stuck in my head for hours later. There's a real darkness in his music that means it isn't for everyday consumption but theres soul and there's hooks and there's fun and there's a little nudge at the man and there's a not-an-insignificant splodge of honey-like vocal melodies. Haunting and beautiful. Thanks MATE!!!
Got real David Bowie vibes off a lot of this. Good stuff
added to my collection
A cheeky little album. new to me and enjoyed
Beautiful, queer as hell, and so we’ll written
Pretty cool. Liked the instrumentation and the laid back feel of it all. Definitely strikes me as a precursor to peak 2010s indie rock. Would listen to again, many good songs for chillin out
Faktisk et gort album. Lugter lidt af Father John Misty. Lækker lyd. Lidt langt og de sidste numre virker lidt underlige. Bestemt et genlyt værd
Good option for relaxin
I'm surprised that this album is only eleven years old. But also. I really like it.
I'm at odds. I like this weird little album, it seems extremely personal and goes between folk and bombast. While I think it's good, I'm not sure it should be here? It's a solid 3.5 from me. Favorite tracks: "Marz", "It's Easier", "Queen of Denmark", "Jesus Hates Faggots"
It grows on me the more I listen Great and funny lyrics from a complicated person. Was going to be a 3 but over time im sure will be a 4
Flourishing vocals and instrumentation, a very solid debut album. Favorites: TC and Honeybear, Marz, It's Easier
I've been on a bit of a rollercoaster with this album. First, the lyrics of Marz were like random words pulled from a dictionary. But a pretty good song. Then I started thinking that he was trying so hard to be David Bowie. From the album cover to the song writing. But then... the Chicken Bones song. What was that? Cool, catchy song. Then Queen! with Silver Platter Club. The longer I listened the more I liked it.
Yasss slay Queen! 💅
Brilliant. Would be a 5 star but for a couple of the less serious songs in the middle.
Slow start, chicken bones is awesome
Actually really vibed out to this one. Thought the lyrics were funny and insanely personal. It gave me melancholy indigo wasteland vibes
I'd never heard of John Grant nor his band The Czars before so I had zero idea of what kind of music this would be. And almost immediately after the first track "TC and Honeybear" started I had a feeling I was going to love this. Simple but beautifully-recorded acoustic guitars to start what is a song steeped in melody and unexpected but brilliant chord changes I'm noticing the lyrics which can often lead to me downgrading but they're so bizarre in points in a fun way (e.g. "Sigourney Weaver" and "Chicken Bones" - one that I enjoyed was "...my head feels like it's filled to the top with pop rocks and cyanide...") and still the melodies and music construction have constantly kept me engaged. (also thank beelzebub or whomever for this not being yet another lo-fi indie album. Just recording something on your 4 track doesn't make it automatically cool, in fact it's probably awful. Yes I have residual anger for having been forced to listen to too many bedroom indie lo-fi "aesthetic" awfulness...ok onward!) And so in the end yes - I am kind of loving this album - maybe keeping it at "only" a strong 4 because it gets a little slow in points but the melodies, instrumentation (one particular holy crap moment is the synth solo in "Outer Space" - I love that 70s ARP sound), production, and musical construction are all things I love - what a great surprise and a keeper. 8/10 4 stars
Surprisingly good - reminded me of John Prine, with some Goldfrapp synths at times and even a touch of Mr. Bungle ballad.
Pretty basic sort of alt rock melodies, but the lyrics here are WILD and I think Grant makes some good hooks. This grew on me as it went along. I like it!
Finally something I had never heard of before. And it's not bad. At 16 tracks it's way over my preferred number, but it doesn't really drag on. Some weird numbers on it, though, which makes the balance suffer a bit. Still, interesting stuff...
Also really great, much more chill but the melodies are more memorable. Would give it a 5 if it wasn't for that uhhhhh one song, which was very... interesting.
So glad to see John Grant on this list. It has been a few years since I was manic about this, but it's a joy to rediscover something I loved before. I remember I got the impression he was cool/silky/velvety, yet deeply ironic and sinister. I think of the deep toxic warmth of a radiating mass of plutonium. "Outer Space" is so infectious, both in the good way and the terrible way. On the surface it's reminiscent of getting caught in the gaze of a pleasant crush smile, but from the barely subtle subtext it's a searing acid bath of sarcasm. Still this record and Pale Green Ghosts are ample comfort in a sulfuric acid hot tub.
Surprisingly catchy. Quite clever.
I have never heard of John Grant before. His vocal harmonies, lyrics, rhythm and the calming effect of his music did catch me immediately.
Fantastic listen. I'm a big fan of Father John Misty and it definitely has some strong vibes of it, maybe was even some inspiration for him. Love the cynical lyrics and criticisms. Might even grow on me over time. Fav tracks: Where the Dreams Go To Die, Chicken Bones, JC Hates F*****s, Queen of Denmark
Good album for the background enabling you to focus on your work without having to be drawn into melodies or your head turned by music. Feels quite satisying - like you know this album is making someone somewhere happy.
89. Queen of Denmark - John Grant 16 tracks. Never heard of him but this has a really chilled vibe that I liked. I was listening to this for a 2nd time, & in particular "Where dreams go to die", as England capitulated in spectacular fashion, (again), to lose the #Ashes 4/5
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Where the dreams go to die, Caramel
This was a sweet and lovely album
From start to finish, a wonderful collection of songs made by John. I was actually aware of this record for quite some time, but this is my first full listen and I enjoyed it throughout.
I'm a sucker for songwriters that can make non-lyrical lines singable, and that's this entire album. Some of these songs are absolutely hilarious and absurd - in a good way. There's also a song with a slur in the title that I won't type because I'm on a government computer, and it's a very honest, biting satire. Not something you want to listen to without headphones in, but also not what you think it is. Super fun. I've listened three times and I'll go back for at least another. Best track: Outer Space
Took a creamy, measured musical moment and filled it with anachronistic, difficult language in "JC Hates Faggots".
Erikoinen, hämmentävä, kiehtova. Alkupää nelosta ja sit muuttui, mut jäi kyllä positiivisesti mieleen
Listened to this twice while working & thought it was fine, pleasing melodies. Then I listened again w/ the lyrics & fell in love. I like John's style & will check out more of his work! My highlights! Marz Where Dreams go to Die - I regret the day your lovely carcass caught my eye! Queen of Denmark And of course some days it's just Chicken Bones! You'd better fuck off now!
4.0 - How is this guy still so under the radar? He's great - he's got the experimental sonics of Harry Nilsson, sardonic affect of Father John Misty and the heartfelt piano balladry of Elton John. Wonderful dry humor throughout. Standouts: "Sigourney Weaver", "JC Hates Faggots", "Silver Platter Club."
noticeable and unusual lyrics + a dreamy Bowie aesthetic make for a catchy, ironic, and fairly personal album
Really like his voice, the richness of the music. Can't shake the similarity to Father John Misty, that first Honeybear song put it in my head. Irony lurks around every corner.
Can't put my finger on it, but really enjoyed this!
This album was awesome. Weird but impactful. Made me laugh and think. Really enjoyed.
Really clever and fun! 8/10
8/10. The music was pleasant if slightly dull sounding, but I enjoyed the humor.
8/10 quite enjoyable , really fun lyrics and very emotive performance
Lovely slice of Americana that i wasn't expecting to like.
I liked this one.
I love John Grant, and this is my favourite if his albums. Bold, nutty lyrics, excellent song craft and production, and that gorgeous voice. The title track on this album is one of the best tunes written in the current century.
If there were such a thing as a thoroughly enjoyable bad trip, this is what it might sound like. Very dramatic.
Verrassend album met af en toe een kwinkslag in de tekst en wat afwisseling van type nummers
I missed this one back in the day, but I am definitely enjoying it.
This was a very different experience. I never heard about "John Grant" or about this album. However, during my listening session, almost all the songs were so recognizable that was a scary situation, although almost all songs are very nice. I was reading the (short) Wikipedia page looking for some information about the use of these songs in movies or things like that and my search was unfruitful. My only conclusion is: This album is excellent in mimicking exactly my preferred indie-ish songs from the 2000s and I liked it more than I tough at first.
I really quite enjoyed this. Heard some interesting influences (divine comedy and others). Would listen again.
first listen great songwriter vibes
8/10 Best Song - Marz
5/29/2022 - ALBUM #122 Today's Album: "Queen of Denmark" by John Grant - This album is really striking and impressive. Coming from 2010, there's a very stark difference from this project and most of the ones I have reviewed before. However, that isn't just because of the difference in time period/sound quality. This album really feels like something that I haven't heard before. The vocals are incredibly smooth and there is way more emphasis on these synth-lead instrumental soundscapes. The lyricism is incredibly unique because it's rife with social commentary and it is all hidden under obscure language, but it also is incredibly catchy with great hooks and choruses. It feels a lot like Bo Burnham's Inside or Father John Misty's Pure Comedy, where there is a heavy emphasis on great songwriting, song structure, and production, but there is also a unique flare to this record that isn't present in those. The writing is like hella goofy and does not take itself seriously at all and I love it. There's shit like him talking about his hairline receding and being unable to find clean underwear and then talking about pissing in coffee and women in athletic wear. It's probably the weirdest lyrics I have ever heard before and sometimes it takes away from the project, but most of the time it comes across as really charming and different. The instrumentals are really great with frequent synth solos and really solid bass playing throughout. The chord progressions being used are really pleasant to the ear and vocal effects coupled with the way it's mixed make it really fun to sing along with all of the weird lyricism. The amount of autotune on the vocals might be a bit much to others, but I actually really like the way it sounds. Overall, this is a crazy unique album that really deserves a listen by just about anybody. It's inventive, fun, easy to listen to, honest, and a project that makes me extremely interested in where this artist went from here. Highlights: TC and Honeybear, Marz, Sigourney Weaver, Chicken Bones, Silver Platter Club, It's Easier, Outer Space, Jesus Hates Faggots, Caramel, Leopard and Lamb, Queen of Denmark. Score: 8/10 Incredibly unique and very gay
Superior singer songwriting full of charm and wit. A really compelling listen.
Great new listen
- very calming opening songs - feels like this came from an earlier decade - songs feel a bit "samey" - "Jesus hates Faggots" was 🔥
Not heard John Grant before. Enjoyed this. He's definitely borrowed a bit from Pink Floyd, sorry I mean "been inspired by".
I really liked this.
I had never heard of this album, this artist or anything to do with him. So a real delight to find something I really enjoyed, even to the extent of recommending it to my 18 year old daughter. Beautiful production, lyrics which are clever without being annoying, and some real hooks. A find.
I like this. It has some unique and quirky lyrics to some absolutely beautiful melodies. It does go on too long, but I enjoyed it!
Ended up really liking the album! Great voice, I guess I was in the mood for slow, melancholic music today.
Liked songs: Where the Dreams Go to Die, Sigourney Weaver, Silver Platter Club, Caramel Depressing as fuck 4/5
Wow this was depressing, but it was beautiful. I can honestly say I liked every song on the album. I especially liked Sigourney Weaver, Silver Platter Club, Caramel, and Leopard and Lamb
bom album, musica empolgante no começo, caotica no meio e calma ao final, 4/5
Good album. Melodic and pleasing lyrics are great
Sold. Quirky modern folk
4/5. A fairly interesting album. Very good instrumentals and melodies. Most songs had interesting lyrics, but some were just strange.
Never heard of him before. This started out sounding fairly bland (if pleasant) indie folk. Then it got a lot more interesting. I really liked his voice and there was plenty of different styles on show (some more successful than others). Overall a good listen. Highlights: Chicken Bones, Silver Platter Club and Sigourney Weaver.
A collection in the style of 1970s songwriters. Impeccable, great lyrics, but a bit derivative and repetetive (7/10). FT: Marz, Queen of Denmark, Outer Space, Sigourney Weaver
Amazing, was just relistening to this a couple of days ago. It's a great intimate album, which I cannot relisten to right now because of separation issues - it's too strong on the feels. His storytelling, word-choice and mundane discourse always fascinated me, one of the greats lyricists. 7/10