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Queen Of Denmark

John Grant

2010

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Queen Of Denmark

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3.19

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5

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.

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Haiku tuesday: Prepared for weird crap; but novel, modern folk songs; Long live Denmark's Queen

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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.

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5

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.

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5

Very cool, almost pink floydy like synths

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4

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.

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Bo Burnham meets Dark side of the moon

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Lovely John and lovely Midlake. Lovely electro-pop at the end.

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5

Enjoyable. Mix of Bowie, Father John Misty, Beatles, Pink Floyd

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5

Well that was, different.

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Best new (to me) music I've heard in ages.

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5

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.

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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."

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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.

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5

Amazing lyrics.. Good laugh when high

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5

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.

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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

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2 Sterne, weil ich bei ca. 2 Liedern nicht fast eingeschlafen bin

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Eurgh, it’s pretty boring and every song sounds like a bad version of a better song. Not for me at all.

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This shit sucked

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Hm, konnte mich nicht darauf einlassen.

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5

Lovely!

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5

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.

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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

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Really liked this

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5

Nice

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5

Classic Rock? Folk Rock? Pudding Rock? I liked it!

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5

Muito bom!

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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.

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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.

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5

Really good!! Very complex and deep/thoughtful!

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5

Never heard of this album, or artist, before but it was really great. Very, very cool.

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5

Fav songs: - Outer Space - Where Dreams Go To Die - Chicken Bones - Jc Hates Faggots

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5

First time ever listen. Stunning album. The titular song is such a powerful song.

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5

I have some great memories of this album, i love it!

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5

The track Sigourney Weaver fukkin rocks.

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5

Wow, absolutely fantastic. First 5 I've given to a fresh album on this list.

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5

love it

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5

Didn't know what to expect. I liked this a lot!

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5

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.

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5

Surprisingly great!

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5

Simply gorgeous

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5

Ein fallegasta plata sem ég veit um. Allar stjörnurnar.

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5

Ótimo

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5

Very weird album, but in the best way. Super

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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

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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?

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

Just…. Brilliant. I was engrossed in every second of this project. I need more of this.

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5

omg love, love, love

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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

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5

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

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5

Very fun album!

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4

First half a little lackluster, but really opens up in the back half

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4

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

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4

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.

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3.5

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4

Great voice, great songs, great production

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4

Great folk album, has a great baritone voice and great instrumentals, not the biggest fan of the lyrics

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4

a couple good songs on here, particularly sigourney weaver

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4

A nice surprise. ReListened to this one. Lots of interesting influences.

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4

This one was a surprise! I liked the songwriting

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4

Witty lyrics, cool backstory on the artist, and fun listening.

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4

I was not familiar with this artist going into it, but I did enjoy this album.

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4

Good album with variation, my personal favorite song is "SIlver Platter Club"

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4

Elton John meets Bo Burnham

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4

interessante

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4

Solid and moody

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4

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.

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4

Interesting, playful.

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4

Like, maar geen blijver

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4

Prefer his later electro-y stuff but some fun tracks on this too.

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Zappa vibes. - @billythekid "JC Hates Faggots" - NSFW. might need the volume down if there are little ears around! - @billythekid

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4

Dream poppy singer songwritery loveliness - will check out more of his stuff, for sure. Fave track - "It's Easier"

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4

This is pretty great. Emotional, strong - definitely something I was skeptical of going into but it ended up hitting me pretty hard.

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4

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!

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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.

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4

Melódico, blandito, nostálgico. Algunas canciones raritas. Sin embargo, interesante.

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4

One of best examples on how to transform sadness into art. Beautiful melancholic songs with great arrangements. One of those albums

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4

Surprisingly good

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4

Creative, singing. Top ballads. Queen of Denmark. Where the dreams go to die. Sigourney Weaver. JC hates faggots

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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

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4

bit wishy washy, but enjoyable. 7/10. 3 songs added to my music! P

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4

Will listen again

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Really enjoyed this

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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.

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tres FJM

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Enjoyed listening to this

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Enjoyed it. Unusual but familiar.

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4

Marz & Chicken Bones waren gut

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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"

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4

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"

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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.

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4

don't like some of the lyrics but can respect the pain he experiences.

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4

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

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Dreams go to Die und silverplate Club in die hangover Rotation! Ansonsten Folkrock mit ups and downs alles gut aber nicht alles meins

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3.5/5

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Nice instrumentals, good vocals, some nice touches of humour in the lyrics

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4

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!

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4

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

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A deep, sometimes hard hitting album. John Grant has a great voice and his lyrics are wonderful.

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Really Great love his voice, very funny at times.

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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.

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4

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!!!

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4

Got real David Bowie vibes off a lot of this. Good stuff

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4

added to my collection

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A cheeky little album. new to me and enjoyed

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Beautiful, queer as hell, and so we’ll written

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4

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

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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

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Good option for relaxin

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4

I'm surprised that this album is only eleven years old. But also. I really like it.

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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"

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4

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

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4

Flourishing vocals and instrumentation, a very solid debut album. Favorites: TC and Honeybear, Marz, It's Easier

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4

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.

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Yasss slay Queen! 💅

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4

Brilliant. Would be a 5 star but for a couple of the less serious songs in the middle.

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4

Slow start, chicken bones is awesome

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4

decent.

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Actually really vibed out to this one. Thought the lyrics were funny and insanely personal. It gave me melancholy indigo wasteland vibes

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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

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Surprisingly good - reminded me of John Prine, with some Goldfrapp synths at times and even a touch of Mr. Bungle ballad.

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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!

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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...

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Really interesting

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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.

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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.

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Surprisingly catchy. Quite clever.

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I have never heard of John Grant before. His vocal harmonies, lyrics, rhythm and the calming effect of his music did catch me immediately.

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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

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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.

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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

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Where the dreams go to die, Caramel

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This was a sweet and lovely album

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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.

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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

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Enjoyable listening

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Took a creamy, measured musical moment and filled it with anachronistic, difficult language in "JC Hates Faggots".

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Erikoinen, hämmentävä, kiehtova. Alkupää nelosta ja sit muuttui, mut jäi kyllä positiivisesti mieleen

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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!

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quirky lol

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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."

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noticeable and unusual lyrics + a dreamy Bowie aesthetic make for a catchy, ironic, and fairly personal album

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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.

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Can't put my finger on it, but really enjoyed this!

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This album was awesome. Weird but impactful. Made me laugh and think. Really enjoyed.

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8/10. The music was pleasant if slightly dull sounding, but I enjoyed the humor.

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8/10 quite enjoyable , really fun lyrics and very emotive performance

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Lovely slice of Americana that i wasn't expecting to like.

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I liked this one.

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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.

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If there were such a thing as a thoroughly enjoyable bad trip, this is what it might sound like. Very dramatic.

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Verrassend album met af en toe een kwinkslag in de tekst en wat afwisseling van type nummers

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I missed this one back in the day, but I am definitely enjoying it.

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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.

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I really quite enjoyed this. Heard some interesting influences (divine comedy and others). Would listen again.

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first listen great songwriter vibes

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8/10 Best Song - Marz

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3.5 - some good tunes

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First album I haven't actually hated. Some of the music was absolutely beautiful, but nothing stuck out for me.

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alright, kinda fell off second half. 3 stars?

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Omituinen levy. Paikoittain pidin tästä jopa todella kovasti, mutta sitten taas heikommat biisit latisti tunnelman pahasti. Jotenkin tuntuu että punainen lanka levyä tehdessä on ollut vähän hukassa. Varsinkin hitaammat fiilistelybiisit toimi hyvin, mutta poukkoileva kokonaisuus ei vaan kanna loppuun asti. Kovasti tuli mieleen Father John Misty tuoreemmista artisteista, joskin paljon huonommin toteutettuna. Parhaimmillaan levy tarjoaa nelosen arvoista nautintoa, kun taas huonoimmillaan ollaan korkeintaan kakkosessa. Peruskolmonen kaikkine vahvuuksine ja heikkouksineen.

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false

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Queen of Denmark is the best song, rest on the album are just ok

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Interesting topics covered. Can't decide on a 3 or a 4 out of 5.

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A few surprising gems in the latter half.

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Ok. Nothing that really stood out.

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Queen of Denmark title song and Marz saved. Rest of album meh.

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Pretty good first half. Went downhill slightly towards the end

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This is an interesting one. Both the singing and the instrumentals are great. The flow of the songs fits really well. Where I'm confused is the lyrics themselves. They are weird and I'm not sure if this is some kind of poetry that I don't get or they're just silly lyrics. Other than that an interesting album.

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This is pretty good. I hadn't heard of this John Grant before. Songwriting and lyrics are interesting, but his voice and the production are a little bland. 3 stars.

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I started out really liking this, but then got tired of the voice/lyrics about halfway through. Would’ve been a damn good EP. This also feels a bit like the perfect example of a record from the 2000s+ that would have been praised by all the indie rock press, but that is actually a little boring to listen to and is super light on the “rock” part of that genre tag. There are worst offenses. THREE STARS!

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An interesting listen for sure. Both the vocals and instrumentals are very clear, with some enjoyable melodies here and there. I was caught off guard by some of the language on here, particularly the tirade of slurs on the song whose name I'd rather not type out. Even if it's done artistically or as part of an evil character, it's still weird. Nevertheless, I liked a few songs on here. Kind of strange that this was released in 2010, I would've guessed '90s or '00s. It feels older. It's a fine project, but mostly forgettable. Favorite tracks: TC and Honeybear, Sigourney Weaver, Outer Space. Album art: Somewhat intriguing, but it looks so artsy that it made me want to hate the music. But I loved the first track, so that was dispelled pretty quickly. 3/5

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Enjoyed - not sure if I'd put in on the "must listen to" list of 1001 albums, but had never heard it before and will listen more.

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Enjoyed it, good lyrics and funny at times

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Interesting, enjoyable record. Kind of Father John Misty-ish.

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This is inferior to the Czars albums. He is a great vocalist, but this pales to Before...But Longer

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Esta claro que este tipo de sonido melódico, intimista y de tono bajo me gusta; me relaja y me permite poder trabajar de forma armónica y tener pensamientos al mismo tiempo. Otros: Elbow; The Divine Comedy; Anthony and the Johnsons; Tindersticks Band; Villagers; Mercury Rev; Richard Hawley; ...

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Tell you what. Not a bad listen. Could have done with a few songs chopped off the album but I am impressed. Originally I thought oh no not another woodsman hippy folk album with echoed voices and clean resenting guitar pics. But then the honky tonk was thrown into the mix which brought a smile and an appreciation nod.

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3/4 stars It was pretty good. It had some weird and in my opinion not so good tracks but it also had some amazing tracks most them were pretty good

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Eclectic but quite enjoyable.

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his voice is nice, this album could grow on me if I kept listening to it

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I have never heard of this album or artist before so wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed it, listened to it twice. It wasn't perfect but I liked it.

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Got weird halfway thru

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First half of the album was decent and then it turned a bit hokey for me.

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A mellow fellow. John Grant is the kind of guy who, if confronted with a brutal crime happening to someone in front of his eyes, would cower and run away instead of help them. A real pussy.

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Great live, albums don't do it justice for me

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OK for background music. I'd pick other albums by John Grant over this one.

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lyrics are good, songs are kinda boring imo. except silver platter club kinda love that one

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Nearly went for a 4. Really quite liked it, clean sound, as others have said it had a familiarity about it.

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Gut aber nicht ganz mein Fall. Klingt wie eine solide Mischung aus verschiedenen anderen Künstler*innen

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Pleasantly surprised, but not really something I'm normally into...had some very melancholy vibes. Some pretty good tracks on here but overall it was just okay for me...way better than yesterday though.

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Really liked this, it had some great lyrics

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Non ho apprezzato come suona il disco e anche le performance strumentali non mi hanno convito mentre alcune scelte di arrangiamento mi sono piaciute. La voce mi ha impressionato e mi sono piaciuti alcuni testi.

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TC & Honeybear : Secondo me qua semo partiti bene, a me sto tipo di musica me infinocchia subito. Marz: Aaah ho capito chi è, questa la conosco. Eh qua me sta a conquistà eh. Where The Dreams Go To Die: L'inizio m'è piaciuto veramente tanto, il ritornello un po' troppo Bowie per i miei gusti ma lo perdono. Il resto de sto pezzo pure è una bomba, il ritornello è la cosa che funziona meno secondo me. Silver Platter Club: molto sfizioso, carino il testo e il finale un po' cabaret m'ha conquistato. It's Easier: Il testo m'è piaciuto JC Hates Faggots: Questa l'avrei nominata solo per il titolo ma invece m'è piaciuta parecchio. Le distorte chitarre pitchate comunque me conquistano sempre e m'è piaciuto l'arrangiamento coi synth molto organico. Caramel: Pure sto pezzo è interessante. Ci sono considerazioni generali che però farò nella conclusione. Comunque il piano me piace e pure i synth un po' a sproposito. Leopard And Lamb: Per me sta emergendo un pattern qua: non sa scrive i ritornelli. O comunque i ritornelli so il punto debole. Queen Of Denmark: Me piace la soluzione dei piatti stoppati, il testo pure carino. That's The Good News: Vabbè ma sì, perché no! Me sembra uno sbroccato un po' calcolato però sì dai... Supernatural Defribillator: Ma de che s'è fatto pe ste ultime tracce? Comunque non so se è per la traccia de prima però questa me sembra un po' d'ispirazione Rammstein, un po' industrial. Fireflies: Vabbè è finita la fase acidi. Ha rotto il cazzo co sto pianoforte però se me parti con gli archi che cazzo te devo dì, a me me ce freghi sempre con gli archi. In conclusione: Sto album è stata una mezza delusione. E' partito davvero benissimo e coi primi pezzi m'ero fomentato ma poi so diventati evidenti due tratti che m'hanno progressivamente infastidito sempre di più. Uno è il fatto che lui se sente un sacco Bowie e tutti sti ritornelloni de pianoforte con gli accordi alla Venditti, se nei primi pezzi magari glie li perdonavo, dopo un po' mi fanno alzare gli occhi al cielo. Come conseguenza di questo o forse come aspetto separato c'è il fatto che secondo me lui non è bravissimo a scrive i ritornelli e sta cosa pure pesa un po' nell'equilibrio generale dei pezzi. Detto questo ce stanno certe cose di arrangiamento che ho davvero ammirato e dei pezzi me so piaciuti parecchio. Un altro problema che ho notato è che i pezzi so costruiti appunto molto cantautoriali ma poi i testi non so abbastanza forti per reggere tutta la baracca spesso. Me dà l'impressione di voler essere un po' troppo hipster cerebrale a tratti (tipo coi pezzi sbroccati, che comunque ho aprezzato, però..). La produzione fa un po' cagare considerando che parliamo del 2010, sembra auto prodotto spesso, probabilmente lo è, però in alcuni casi secondo me i pezzi ce perdono un po'. Mi sento di essere un po' troppo duro con sto album perché m'ha deluso, in realtà comunque è un bell'album, certi pezzi me li risentirei volentieri.

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Funny satirical album. It was aight

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Great voice, 70's singer/songwriter vibe. Feels like one that needs a few listens to appreciate it.

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An interesting enough blend of soft rock, dream pop and alt country. This album stands out though for its often arresting lyrical work that primarily focuses on queer themes/experiences. If you didn't listen closely you'd might categorize this as a 'shy debut' but nothin about the substance of this work is shy at all.

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Pretty middle of the road stuff musically, lyrically I really enjoyed this album.

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It was alright. Very personal and depressing lyrics.

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This be wacky

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Not a bad album. It surprised me at the beginning but it ended up annoying me a bit at the last songs…

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Only heard bits by John Grant before. It was interesting but think i'd like it better a 2nd time to catch all the lyrics

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Indie un tanto ñoño, salvo alguna canción.

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Interesting album. Seems from the reviews I've read this album is not nearly the high point of his career. Seems better work was done both earlier with his band The Czars and a few years later with his third and 4th album. But I like the album so it definitely makes me curious to delve deeper. 3.5 🌟

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I have a surprising number of thoughts on this album, especially for one with a totally unfamiliar artist. I'll break them up in a few comments. I listened to the first few songs on this album and I was like "Ugh, not feeling this", and even the opening of "Sigourney Weaver" wasn't great for me, but somewhere during that song the melody got me and I was enjoying it. Then I quite appreciated the upbeat bad-day song "Chicken Bones". The song I most identified with was "Silver Platter Club", particularly this section. Man, it me: "I wish that confidence was all you could see in my eyes Like those interviews in locker rooms with talented sports guys. I wish I had no self-awareness like the guys I know Float right through their lives without a thought. And that I didn't give a shit what anybody thought of me That I was so relaxed you'd think that I was bored." Here's another thought of a different tone: When I heard "Caramel" I thought to myself "I don't think I've ever heard a gay love ballad before." I'm sure I've heard songs that were written by men without knowing/later finding out they were about men, and I've heard love songs by women about women, but this was a rare honestly gay love ballad (for my listening) and that was cool to hear. I particularly appreciated the line "My love has constructed with his arms for me the safest place." It's not as impactful reading it, but hearing it sung by a male voice immediate after a song titled "Jesus Hates F-----s", it hits different and more beautifully.

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Quite beautiful for the most part, but heart breaking in terms of pain and angst. Very harsh upbringing by the sounds of things. Musically tasteful, but probably won't rush back to it as it is anguished.

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Definitely some attention-grabbing lyrics in here.

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Started out thinking its shite and not for me. Just sounded like film music. As it going though there were some real clever comedy lyrics that I appreciated. It's weird, but then again so is most good art. The singing/instrument talent isn't that great, but the melancholy sounds and the comedy bits are clever. Can see why it made it to the 1001 list. Prob a 3.

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The title & cover suggested hipster bullshit, and if I'm honest it IS, but it's also pretty good. One of the few times I'm not going to totally shit all over a "folk rock" album. The overall vibe is really weird. As best I can describe it, it SOUNDS like Tina Dico and FEELS like Type O Negative. I know that's an excessively strange combo, but that's what I'm getting. There's a "gothy"-sounding type of folk/pop/rock going on, the lyrics are full of cynicism and dark humour, it's artsy but not too pretentious, and somehow it works. Only real gripe is that at 51min it got a bit long in the tooth. Most of the songs are in the same key and tempo, structures don't change very much. If you stapled the songs together you could make at least one half-hour song that didn't seem like it was originally seven. It gets hard to stay on focus towards the last few tracks because of this. Should've kept it to 30min. 3/5.

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A good album if you are feeling too happy and want that to change

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This is certainly some quirky odd music. John Grant's voice is great, the music and piano are fantastic as well. However, he definitely has his own thing going on in the lyrics. Some are plain weird and don't work for me (Marz), while others have an odd and interesting perspective. Kinda cool.

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Jesus apparently hates a lot of things. But probably not this album.

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Just the right side of irreverent to be entertaining.

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Really frustrating album for me. Some absolutely brilliant tracks... but overly long with some bog average ones and lazy lyrics... Generally far far too much autotune and vocal production which strips some of the emotion that he's conveying.

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This guy has a manque kneed for lyrics, sings about anything and everything, and is pretty funny. Some pretty good music too, but all a bit out there.

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An album that reaches out, lush, inviting, mixing with delicate piano with a range of mysterious vocals, some crooning and some harmonised/treated. There's a Brian Wilson feel to some of it, but darker lyrically. Elton John, too, and echoes of "Freebird" on "Sigourney Weaver".

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Decent but very pretentious

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This album sounds like what would happen if you smashed the sound of the Decemberists up with Sesame Street lyrics. While the subjects of the songs are for mature audiences, the writing is hard to take seriously. I enjoyed the noise of it.

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I actually liked it it’s the story of genre that I never thought I would like however I thought it was coming and interesting

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All I can think is that these are songs that Ben Folds would do a cover of

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Its OK

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Not to my taste.

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Reading the Wiki page it would seem we are facing the greatest record ever!. It is a good record tho, I don't know why I had never listen to it but it is good. it is a bit long and some tracks are weird but I liked how strong it starts and how it does not stays the same for its whole lenght

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Incredibilmente orecchiabile. Molto piacevole.

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This was a really interesting album, but one I feel like I need to listen to a few more times to really appreciate it. Much of the power seems to be in the lyrics.

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Some very deep lyrics

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Better than Beck tbf

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Never heard of this before, so i didn't know what to expect. Enjoyed it!

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Never heard of John Grant before. lyrics more entertaining than expected, i.e. Sigourney weaver Spotify lyrics mode is making this album better b/c usually it's hard to hear lyrics. this is getting funny, JC Hates Faggots. Songs might wear out with novelty though. Not sure if it'll be in my permanent rotation. Getting better with each listen, growing on me.

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Not a familiar name to me. The music is often good, on the vintage folksy end of pop rock. I read afterwards that Midlake were involved - a band I quite like. John Grant's lyrics and vocals are a bit hit and miss. "Sigourney Weaver" is a pretty great track, with classic Elton John pop vibes underneath jokey film references. But sometimes the songs are unremarkable and dreary. As the album goes on, it starts turning into pastiches of familiar styles. Overall, this has more substance than most pop and rock records, so I can admire that - but it doesn't have much repeat listening value for me. 3*

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I can't tell if I enjoyed this or thought it was boring. Would give it one more listen.

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This sounded very decent, but also absolutely unspectacular. 3.5 rounded down because I can't remember what the album sounds like a couple minutes after it's finished. The songs from the extended version really didn't fit with the rest of the album.

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not bad

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Loving the lyrics on this. I'll probably give it another go sometime. Nothing game changing but lyrically interesting if nothing else.

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Litt rart

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Had never heard of John Grant but glad to have discovered him. Didn't think it was groundbreaking but it was enjoyable.

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This was a bit quirky but I liked some of it.

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A lot of this was very pretty but overall I felt missing something... some incursions of a harder edge, for the tension in the music to break through more often? I liked it though.

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Don't love a lot of the lyrics, not the lyrical themes, the actual words. Got a real Father John Misty vibe here which is not a positive as far as I'm concerned. I think musically though this was pretty great.

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Interesting, gay , very gay, more gay, excellent

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This is such a bizarre album. The music video for Marz was hilarious. Drugs were definitely involved. There are a few kind of absurdist comedy songs that I enjoyed and thought that was what the album was going to be, as it was frontloaded with these. Sigourney Weaver, Chicken Bones, Marz, TC and the Honeybear. It does get a bit more melancholy and serious in the back half and that's where it fell off for me. It was ok, and the guy writes some compelling lyrics, but the initial interest I had waned over time. The lyrics about Winona Ryder and "that other guy" screwing up their accents in Dracula are comedy gold though.

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Campfire songs

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Some really gorgeous stuff here, but quite patchy. He’s done better work since.

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This motherfucker said the N word!

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Music 'quality' was very decent. While some of the tracks seemed disorganized, there were some that came across as heartfelt which made me appreciate the talent.

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Can't say I would have gravitated to this album on my own, but it's a solid addition to this 1001 list. My fave tracks, "Where Dreams Go to Die" and "Jesus Hates F****ts" were true standouts, with gorgeous melody lines and thoughtful songwriting. Can't say every single track on here is a must-listen, but the album deserves to be on this list, for the variety and compelling stories of each song if nothing else. Title track also deserves a shout-out for its gorgeous melody. Overall a solid listen.

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Funny guy

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Don’t get the hype. Self-serious and often silly, the lyrics are overcooked; he’s too clever by half and not as witty as he thinks he is (a dangerous mix). Musically, it’s undistinguished, with effects that mimic the overreaching jokes, if intermittently above average (“It’s Easier“). However you feel about Randy Newman, you’re likely to feel about this guy. I may explore another record or two, but this feels like a future unsubscribe. In the meantime, give me Craig Finn or Father John Misty over this snowflake any time. 3 (and only just)

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3

Very strong lyrically. Silver Platter Club and the title track were my two favorites.

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3

It was fine, could well be the kind of thing I get more into if I listened a few more times.

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3

Almost arresting to begin with but then falls into a slumber that is not released. Good to have in the background with occasional diversion when a quirky lyric pops out.

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3

There's a retro '70s pop vibe to this that I'm really enjoying. It's also evocative of some of Beck's more contemplative work. The piano and string arrangements are really beautiful. Grant's vocals are a little lackluster in contrast to what's going on musically, but it's still quite good. Fave Songs: Where Dreams Go to Die, Silver Platter Club, Caramel, Outer Space, Queen of Denmark

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I liked the first song a lot, and a few others. I also disliked several songs and thought a bunch of the lyrics were dumb. But overall it was good enough for a 3 Gotta give props to a white dude who’s brave enough to say the n-word in this century lmfao

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3

Pop fácil de escuchar. Bien elaborado y con una muy buena voz.

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2

simple boring melodies, uninteresting lyrics and music

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2

this is... boring.

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2

Decent music, chill almost folksy. The lyrics are pretty dumb.

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Não evocou fortes sensações

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Niet echt mijn ding, maar niet verkeerd. Heeft wel wat unieks

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Marz pretty cool track , rest of the album kind of slow vibe but nothing stand out cool

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This was a rough listen because I didn’t really enjoy the music but I could feel his pain.

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Depressing

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Bland

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Meh. After the white album I've had enough of this stuff. Lyrics kind of cool but music boring.

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2

A little too jammy but good overall

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Never heard of John Grant before. The album sounds interesting, but is not necessarily my taste.

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I should have known by the album cover but it took me hearing him say Sigourney Weaver and then the next song being Chicken Bones for me to shut this off. I'm all for the Queen of Denmark, I'm sure this guy is good friends with her, but I do not need to listen to this album before I die.

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sucks

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¿Me querían aburrir? Lo lograron. La de Jesus Hate Faggots está bien chida, eso sí.

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2/5 I'd say somewhat dry album

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Easy listening but not a favorite

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It was okay. I enjoyed the instrumentals. The lyrics were interesting, but didn’t really connect with the album that much.

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it's fine

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weird

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Talk about depressing

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Woke, some good songs but meh overall

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Ehhh didn't do anything for me. Vocals are actually very good, music is ok, lyrics are odd and I guess this just isn't a mood I'm feeling.

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Bizarrely entertaining as an occasional listening experience.

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A decent piece of wholesome, "daydreamy" folk music. It's atmosphere is quite compelling and John Grant's voice certainly sounds terrific, but it borders a tad too much on the sappy side with dumbed down lyric, weird alien-esque effects and conflicting messages to warrant a future listen. 2/5.

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Hi everyone, I'm Mark.

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Didn’t really enjoy it. Maybe 1-2 songs I didn’t mind.

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Tuesday haiku: I liked “Chicken Bones” The rest of the album is lame Two point Five round down

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Not my jam

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Queen of Denmark is the sort of album that I thought was completely extinct in 2010, an MOR album with actual melodies that might have been featured on adult contemporary radio station back in the late 70s, made with consummate craft and featuring the rich baritone of John Grant. The only thing that would be out of the place back in the 70s are the lyrics, which are often absurdist and/or profane. Now, MOR is far from my favorite type of music, and if there was ever a genre that was irrelevant in this day and age, it's MOR. It's almost as if John Grant was daring the cultural gatekeepers to throw a fit when he made this album. But damn if he doesn't do a good job of it. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy Queen of Denmark much, but it's hard to imagine how Grant could have improved on it, considering what he was going for. Okay, now that I've listened to this all the way through, I'm going to dock it a star for a couple of pretty awful songs, Silver Platter Club and Jesus Hates Faggots. Actually, I have nothing against the lyrics. It's the music, which gives away the joke. If you're going to subvert MOR with cynical, outrageous lyrics, you've got to play it straight, no pun intended.

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It's ok. I found it a little boring and hard to listen to at some points.

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Ok, nothing too horrible or too great about it for me.

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Listened once. The lyrics are interesting, the actual music didn’t move me much at all. Not sure i would give it a second chance.

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ну чот по началу скучно, а потом ваще битлов напомнило, а потом чот более менее современное. Отрезочек один засемплировать всё таки нашёл для себя

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meh

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This is kind of a "meh" album for me. There's nothing spectacular about it. The song writing is fine and I may delve deeper into John Grant's catalog, but there's nothing really pulling me.

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Everything here was just really boring. Songs all sounded the same and none of it was good. I guess I liked "Sigourney Weaver" on the first listen - the lyrics were pretty funny. Other than that it was mostly meh.

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I had high hopes for this album after 'TC and Honeybear' - hopes that were soon lost after a few tracks and forgotten by the album's end. There's a few highlights here and there, but overall, Queen of Denmark fell short for me and offered no feeling of significance. It was a pleasant enough experience to hear it once, but I won't be keeping this album in rotation.

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above average

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Meh, probably not coming back to this one ever again... Parts of it come off as a parody album somehow. I'm very confused.

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Levyn kansikuvasta olisin voinut vannoa, että on jo ollut kerran tällä listalla. Eipä tuosta oikeastaan muuta muistaisikaan...

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Hmmmm… Quite liked the choons and musical arrangements, some great solos and well put together but I felt like he was constantly singing using auto-choon which spoiled it for me. Like a male version of Cher

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Oh boy this is too earnest for me. Just way too soft of delivery. The track Marz is better but the lyrics are so cheesy for me. I can hear some of the Midlake influences in the instrumentals and some arrangements, I am a fan of Midlake (Tim Smith era) but this is a situation where the execution isn't good for me. I really can't finish it, not a big fan. Totally not my thing.

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Songs from this album keep showing up in my Spotify Discover Playlist and I'm not sure why. I guess it's because I generally like the kind of 70s singer-songwriter albums he's trying emulate (or lampoon - I'm not exactly sure). But I don't like his take at all. I can't stand his constant stream of cleverness. This album is like one big ironic joke that's lost on me.

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I personally did not find this album to be as quirky, charming, or unique as it finds itself to be. Really didn’t enjoy it and it just droned on with a pretentious self-importance that really put me off of it. Not really my speed and lyrically annoying

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I'm not in love with this album

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Not bad but not great

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This is really great for curing insomnia. 3/10.

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They're really pretty and honest songs, and Grant has a lovely voice. Silly at times. Some songs sound Beatlesesque (their more playful songs)... "Where Dreams Go to Die" kinda ripped from "Across the Universe." "Silver Platter Club" is another example. He uses his resources well, but I can't deny he's really limited in what he's trying to achieve and tends to revisit the same styles in his songs, too afraid to branch out. There are some ethereal sounds complimenting the sci-fi and dreamlike imagery. Few songs stand out, but even those don't impress me too much.

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meh

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If you think Billy Joel is just way too talented, then "shitty Billy Joel" here might be just your style!

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The sound of this album is amazing. Lyrically I didn't really care for it that much.

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An interesting album that felt like it was a mixture of songwriting styles. Lyrically it was diverse and different than most albums. Felt like it was like a father John misty album mixed with bo Burnham. I listened to it multiple times and as much as I enjoyed the instrumentals it got somewhat annoying as the album progressed. 4.4/10

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Woof x 3.14

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So en kackmist

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Nope.....First album I couldn't make it through.

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Just words set to the same fairly monotonous background. *

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Not arsed.

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Ridiculous Background Choir. Nonsense lyrics without any deeper meaning. Annoying vocals. I would nominate this album for most boring ever. Stopped hearing at Chicken Bones.

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What an unlistenable piece of garbage. What idiot added this to the list?

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Trash

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Disco agradable, novedoso, a primera impresión nada muy espectacular

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i wanted to like this album then the slurs he as a white man used in jesus hates f*ggots

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Not my speed

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To be honest, I found this album rather boring

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Marz seems to be a collection of words... that don't go anywhere? And is Marz a place? I guess so.

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Dawno mnie tak nie rozezlil albumowy piczek jak Queen Of Denmark od pana Granta, album z szeroko pojetego gatunku muzyki popularnej, zarowno muzycznie, jak i lirycznie fagoterka pelna geba, o ile pierwsza czesc przydlugiego 51 minutowego albumu to cos ala folkowego, tak druga czesc romansuje z synthami co daje iscie niesluchalne polaczenie, jest to kolejna plyta z ery nowozytnej, bo rok 2k10, a jednoczescie debiutancki numer granta, oczywiscie pierwsze slysze o takim albumie badz artyscie, ktory przed tym albumem byl liderem takze popowej bandy the czars, orginalna nazwa jak na hamerykanska bande, brzmienie plyty kreci sie wokol klawiszy w ktore klika pan john, reszta instrumentow jest grana przez bande Midlake i innych artystow studyjnych, ciezko mi zdecydowac co najbardziej mi przeszkadza w odsluchu, czy to wokale ktore brzmia jak kazde inne wokale rokowopopowe, bogate w fagoty tresci liryczne, bo jesli motywem przewodnim ma byc to jak czterdziestoletniemu chlopowi jest ciezko w zyciu ze wzgledu na swoja orjetacje w terenie, to podziekuje, jeden z tych pickow po ktorych przesluchaniu wiem, ze na drugi dzien nie bede juz kojarzyl ani jednego traka tak urzekajaco nijakie jest brzmienie tej plyty

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Just no.

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Who?

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This is difficult to write, not wanting to be insensitive to another’s pain, and clearly John Grant has had his share- growing up in a household disapproving of his sexuality, succumbing to substance abuse and its destructive consequences, diagnosed with HIV. That’s a hard row to plow. That said, I believe Queen’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, had similar experiences, yet wrote great songs and sang them with searing passion. Would that 'Queen Of Denmark' have shared either of those two qualities. But it didn’t. Not even close. It may be one of the drabbest LPs I’ve ever heard. Near one dimensional, musically, save for a couple of songs in which Grant attempts a bit of a respite, inserting a modicum of humor, albeit unsuccessfully. And lyrically… oh, dear. ‘I feel just like Sigourney Weaver (the song’s title) when she had to kill those aliens and one guy tried to get them back to earth and she couldn’t believe her ears.’ Incredibly, it gets worse. On the final and title track, Grant recalls an incident in which ‘I had it all the way up to my hairline which keeps receding like my self-confidence.’ And that pretty much sums up both Grant’s artistic and, I can only guess, behavioral response to his life situations. One of my all-time favorite bands, Sonic Youth, on ‘Skip Tracer,’ off the 'Washing Machine' LP, describe the live performance of a band they once witnessed where the lead singer, a ‘girl started out in red patent leather, very I’m in a band with knee pads. We watch her fall over and lay down, shouting the poetic truths of high school journal keepers.’ John Grant doesn’t seem to even have the energy to shout his own poetic truths that never matured past the journals he surely kept in high school, and further insults the listener with his lackadaisical delivery. Classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven commented that ‘To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.’ The only value I can find in this LP is if I heard it while walking around JCP for exercise, it would at least motivate me to move faster out into the main mall where their sound system might be playing any other kind of music.

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Super funny and quirky. Kind of a show tunes vibe with a lot of piano

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