Review: JOHN GRANT – QUEEN OF DENMARKMonday, 31st May, 2010 | No Comments »
A union of defunct indie favourites The Czars’ frontman John Grant and acclaimed band Midlake, Queen of Denmark is a US indieboy’s wet dream. Grant provides the sharp classic songwriting while Midlake back him with blasts of fuzz and noise to stop it becoming just another album that drifts by. A true feat of collaboration, this record draws both elements’ finest parts and produces a supergroup of sorts whose softest songs have a thundering power and a glorious pop edge. Deep rooted in traditional American songwriting, the lyrics, immediate delivery and inspired backing elevate the mostly piano-led songs. There’s even a touching and hilarious song about Sigourney Weaver, showcasing Grant’s wit that runs throughout. Falling somewhere between ELO, The Flaming Lips and They Might Be Giants, the melodies are FM friendly and the inspiration is endless.