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Queen Of Denmark

John Grant

Queen Of Denmark

Debut solo album of folk rock from former Czars frontman backed by Midlake

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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    If Queen of Denmark were only comprised of ... self-lacerating ballads it would still be a work of transcendent beauty, but the second half of the album finds Grant confronting romantic loss with astonishing depth of feeling. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    It is the ballads that catapult this album and permit it a place among the great pantheon of memorable break-up albums
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  3. 9.0 |   The Observer

    Masterpiece of soft, 70s melodies and sadness
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  4. 9.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    His heartfelt and heartbreaking revenge, set to a soft-rock soundtrack Supertramp would be proud of. Close to perfect
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A stunning piece of work and it confirms John Grant as a brilliant lyricist and vocalist. This is an album that deserves a place alongside this year’s best
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  6. 9.0 |   BBC

    Transcends the sum of its influences by concentrating on the irresistible appeal of sad yet optimistic love songs, classy arrangements and a dark and handsome croon
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  7. 9.0 |   The 405

    A cathartic masterpiece
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Grant takes on many roles, from stargazing youth to bitter dumper, and at all times he remains capable of consummate narrative music
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    These are songs of impossible love, near-suicide and redemption, with an air of vastness and contemplation recalling Dennis Wilson's masterpiece, Pacific Ocean Blue
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  10. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In Queen Of Denmark he has created an excellent album; in true collaboration with Midlake, he could create a masterpiece
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  11. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    While Grant can’t attain perfection in his actual life, he gets pretty close in his art
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  12. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A near-perfect marriage of his warm baritone with their [Midlake] lush woodwind and keyboard textures
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    An album of strength and beauty. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Pretty, but barbed. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Tales of personal redemption are backed up by Midlakes' familiar 70s soft-rock style, which has been tuned to its most dreamy
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  16. 7.0 |   Blurt

    Anyone with a fondness for epoch set-ups and sprawling melodic tapestries will still find a certain nostalgic tug in lush, gently cushioned melodies
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  17. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    The lyrics do hit the mark on occasion, but all too often they continue to sound way too forced and un-poetic
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is as elegant and shabbily poised as anything else Grant has put his name to
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  19. 5.0 |   All Music

    There’s no hiding the fact that Grant is a seriously talented vocalist, and the album’s best moments occur whenever he tones down the camp
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