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Boy From Michigan

John Grant

Boy From Michigan

Fifth solo studio release from the Michigan-born singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Czars produced by Cate Le Bon

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Like fellow Michigan boy Sufjan Stevens, Grant is so specifically autobiographical that his memories will spark those of his listener
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The electro-pop artist's latest punctuates intense and dark examinations of contemporary masculinity with moments of breathtaking beauty
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  3. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album where he promotes the feeling of bring proud of who you are, even if you don’t always fit into set systems, such as the hyper-macho American Dream package
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Grant’s voice remains his greatest asset, and is best served when things are pared right back, such as on The Cruise Room, with its elegant piano; and The Only Baby, which manages to be both soft and strident – a compelling distillation of Grant’s worldview
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  5. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    As ever, John Grant doesn’t shy away from confronting the listener with intensely personal lyrics, and on Boy From Michigan, he goes further than he ever has done before
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As its title and pared-back cover suggest, Boy from Michigan is a personal, unadorned look into John Grant’s psyche
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Intense, bizarre, and wonderfully playful
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Boy From Michigan is Grant in panoramic mode, looking back and looking forward to create his biggest picture yet. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It’s as unsettling as 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts and – in its own way – as alert to the shoddy stitching in the stars and stripes as Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys, Phil Ochs’ Rehearsals For Retirement or the queercore of Dicks and MDC
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  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Boy From Michigan’ further confirms that John Grant is one of the modern-era’s most significant singer-songwriters
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  11. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The vast majority of the mammoth Boy From Michigan — a 75-minute album, by the way — is made up of slow ballads, even dirges at times. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes it difficult to listen to in one sitting
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  12. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    For those willing to put the work in, this is another invigorating missive from one of music’s finest minds
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Though engaging, the sonic sparsity, emotional self-reference and sheer length underlines one thing: how much you’ll get out of this record depends on your investment in the life of this particular boy from Michigan
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  14. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Expansive, personal and for the most part highly enjoyable
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  15. 6.0 |   DIY

    A self-portrait with a violent colour palette
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    Memories of childhood are evoked over luxuriant melodies in the American musician’s fifth album
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  17. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Grant forgoes his customary wit and wry emotion for a more direct style
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