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Pale Green Ghosts
     

Pale Green Ghosts

by John Grant
 

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After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut Queen Of Denmark win MOJO’s album of 2010 and countless other accolades John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant Pale Green Ghosts adds sublime notes

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After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut Queen Of Denmark win MOJO’s album of 2010 and countless other accolades John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant Pale Green Ghosts adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The title track from the ex Czars' frontman's second solo outing, the chilly, electro-kissed Pale Green Ghosts, sounds like a Brendan Perry (of Dead Can Dance)-fronted Kraftwerk taking on a James Bond theme. Like much of the album, it's icy, stylish, pompous, and self-obsessed, which is the direct antithesis, at least sonically, of his previous album, the maudlin, confessional Queen of Denmark, which was made with the help of wistful Texas folk-rockers Midlake. Pale Green Ghosts, on the other hand, was recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland with the help of GusGus' Birgir Þórarinsson (Biggi Veira) and while Grant keeps the microscope firmly on himself throughout the 11-track set, he does so with more wit and panache than he did on the record's predecessor. Populated by slinky electro-pop cuts ("Sensitive New Age Guy" and "Black Belt"), saucy, Harry Nilsson-esque, chamber pop fight songs (the saucy "GMF," one of two tracks to feature backing vocals from Sinéad O'Connor), and melodramatic "Return to Oz"-era, Scissor Sisters-inspired ballads ("Vietnam," "I Hate This Town," and "Glacier"), Pale Green Ghosts has a little something for everyone, and 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2013
Label:
Partisan Records
UPC:
0720841210429
catalogNumber:
21042
Rank:
93794

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Performance Credits

John Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jakob Magnusson   Bass
Sinéad O'Connor   Background Vocals
David Hyde Pierce   Trombone
Pétur Hallgrímsson   Guitar
Gudmundur Petursson   Acoustic Guitar
Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson   Cello
Fiona Brice   Violin
Roland Hartwell   Viola
Aron Pór Arnarsson   Tambourine,Shaker
Chris Pemberton   Piano
Mckenzie Smith   Drums
Arthur Busby   Violin
Keith Jordan   Trumpet
Zbigniew Dubik   Violin
Stephen Beall   Viola
Katrin Meidell   Viola
Joseph Ognibene   Horn
Arnar Geir Omarsson   Drums
Carl Murr   Trombone
Buffi Jacobs   Cello
Craig Leffer   Cello
Smari Tarfur   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Alexander   Bass
Oskar Gudjonsson   Saxophone
Andrzej Kleina   Violin
Hayden Oliver   Violin
Pete Clagget   Trumpet
Jenny Sweetman   Violin
Ron VonDreau   Tuba

Technical Credits

John Grant   Composer,Programming,Producer,Artwork
John Reynolds   Vocal Producer
Biggi Veira   Producer,Engineer
Fiona Brice   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Aron Pór Arnarsson   Producer,Engineer
Linda Loeskow   Artwork
Hördur Sveinsson   Cover Photo

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