02 February 2011
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is not something new for singer-songwriters. Through performing, they share their thoughts, fears, loves, anger, despair and problems – but the ferocity with which John Grant does it is astonishing, if not downright frightening. Given the confessional-style interviews he’s given in recent months, plus the quality and content of his first solo album, “Queen of Denmark,” he is clearly a no-holds barred guy. And we should rejoice.
His intense and angry, sorrowful, hurt, memory-filled songs ensure his audience see him in floodlights, not just a stage spotlight. And it is a compelling, emotional, heart-warming performance with shards of black humour slicing through his sadness.