ALBUM REVIEW: John Grant – The Art Of The Lie | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.06.24






John Grant’s recent releases have been something of a mixed bag, he’s moved from the lavish and melancholy atmospheres of The Queen Of Denmark to a more eclectic overall sound, incorporating frivolous electronic music.

The Art Of The Lie contains scattershots of Grant’s best material, within some of his most flippant sounding music. Its freewheeling nature may be the main pull for many, but it’s hard to understand in what contexts it could really fit. It’s arguably most successful when at its most syrupy and melodic, as on Mother And Son, which revisits Grant’s melodic sense of identity, with a gorgeous cameo from producer Cate Le Bon. Grant’s trying to say a lot on this album; a hot mess, however, is better than a predictable triumph.


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