JOHN GRANT

LOVE IS MAGIC BELLA UNION, OUT 12 OC­TO­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Scabrous dis­sec­tion of ro­mance from the mae­stro of cyn­i­cism. John Grant is in love with be­ing in love – not so much the act of it as the cru­elty and ridicu­lous­ness it brings. His fab­u­lously vivid fourth solo al­bum ap­proaches the sub­ject from all an­gles, pop­u­lat­ing it with char­ac­ters rang­ing from the re­pul­sive (the slimy Lothario of He’s Got His Mother’s Hips) to the out-of-reach (the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal Preppy Boy). Grant has im­mersed him­self more deeply than ever in elec­tronic mu­sic, pas­tich­ing Italodisco on Diet Gum and sum­mon­ing an early-’ 80s amuse­ment ar­cade am­bi­ence on Tem­pest. But it goes deeper than ar­ti­fice. Meta­mor­pho­sis is an ex­plo­ration of fa­mil­ial grief, while the ti­tle track peels back the irony to sug­gest that Grant might be a ro­man­tic at heart af­ter all. ★★★★ DAVE EVERLEY Lis­ten To: Love Is Magic | Diet Gum | Tem­pest

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