April 11, 2010
John Grant, "Queen of Denmark"
For the past couple of months, I've been working pretty diligently on a freelance textbook project; this is the main reason I've been silent on this blog. I've been gathering some ideas for (hopefully) interesting posts, and soon I'll update.
This past week, my good friend John Grant released his album, The Queen of Denmark. That's the album cover above. "Queen" is John's first solo album (previously he had sung in the band The Czars, whose albums were also great, but I can't recommend this solo CD enough--it's beautiful and soul-baring and bitter and gentle and sad, and boasts the guys from Midlake as the backing band). In addition, it's already getting stellar reviews, even a 5-star-out-of-5 review from UK magazine Mojo, which also included a fantastic painting of John that illustrates some of the album's lyrics (pictured below).
I told John that you know you've made it when you not only get a perfect review, but they make a cartoon painting of you and your songs.
More about John later. There's a chance that he and I might be making a video together for one of the songs; I'll also be doing an interview with him about the album. Until then, if you want to hear more about John or his music, or even download one of his best songs for free, head over to Bella Union, the label led by ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde.
Posted by scottheim at April 11, 2010 11:45 PM
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