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Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant

Pale Green Ghosts

The follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Queen Of Denmark from the former Czars frontman produced by Biggi Veira from GusGus

ADM rating[?]

8.3

Label
Bella Union
UK Release date
11/03/2013
US Release date
14/05/2013
  1. 10.0 |   State

    The core of Pale Green Ghosts comes in a three-song, mid-album stretch as rawly affecting as anything Grant has done
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  2. 10.0 |   music OMH

    This is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year and after so many thwarted attempts, the world is finally Grant’s for the taking
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  3. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A genuinely remarkable album: self-obsessed but completely compelling, profoundly discomforting but beautiful, lost in its own fathomless personal misery, but warm, funny and wise. It shouldn't work, but it does
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  4. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Grant can barely acknowledge his laurels, let alone rest on them
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  5. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    Grant’s work here aims at something much more rare than perfect – to be entirely necessary
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  6. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Astonishingly good
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  7. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    One of 2013’s best
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  8. 9.0 |   Clash

    While it may not sound exactly as you were expecting, it is a bold, distinctive and genuinely excellent record.
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  9. 9.0 |   The 405

    John Grant has been through a hell of a lot in his 44 years and Pale Green Ghosts stands as a testament to being open, honest and creative when it matters most
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  10. 9.0 |   BBC

    Grant swaps pastoral 70s sounds for synth-pop on a stunning second solo LP
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  11. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    John Grant is one of the most enigmatic, endearing vocalists making music today
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  12. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    His second is branching out into the more experimental, atmospheric and even psychedelic – it's a more challenging task but one that perhaps ultimately yields richer rewards
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  13. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album of electronic pop, a genre Grant appears to have dived into head first, emerging with results that are as confusing as they are successful
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It is arguably more satisfying than Queen of Denmark in its artistic courage, its refusal to meet expectations
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Grant's rich voice dovetails beautifully with the silvery synths
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    While the album's sonic benchmark is the new wave synth epoch of Grant's adolescence, there are still songs influenced by the likes of Bread and The Carpenters. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An album truly of it’s time: false-modest, infuriatingly passive-aggressive yet monumentally artistically ambitious, all at the same time
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  18. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    This follow-up applies his creamy baritone and frank, irreverent lyrics to a predominantly electronic soundtrack
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  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bonkers but brilliant
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  20. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There's the occasional dud, and occasional dull moment, but Pale Green Ghosts mostly succeeds in expanding Grant's musical palette
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  21. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Grant's ease of disclosure can be unnerving, but it's this sense that nothing is (seemingly) too private for him to share in a song that makes Pale Green Ghosts so potent and, ultimately, accessible
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  22. 7.0 |   DIY

    Having moved through the 70’s and 80’s in the course of two albums we can only assume his third will see him dusting off his parka and ‘aving it Britpop style
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  23. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Both novel and familiar. There's stark electronica and sumptuous balladry.Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Just as involving as his previous outing
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  25. 6.0 |   All Music

    While all of the over-sharing can be a little overbearing, Grant's huge, expressive, and oddly comforting voice acts as a sedative, turning even the saddest, raunchiest, and most uncomfortable turn of phrase into a caress
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