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With the al­bum’s first video cel­e­brat­ing the joys of dog tricks, JG is clearly in a hap­pier place these days. “Love’s a shit show that re­quires work,” he ex­plains,

“but, in spite of it all, love is still magic”.

For­sak­ing folk-rock on his fourth al­bum, the gay ex­pat Amer­i­can (now an Ice­landic res­i­dent) plunges head first into elec­tropop. It’s con­sid­ered, thought­ful and re­veals things at its own pace and that’s not just the mu­sic. He’s Got His Mother’s Hips (with the year’s best video!) sees him play­fully rhyming “lava lamp” with both “damp” and “stamps”; stand­out bal­lad Is He Strange is about be­ing love­struck; while other top­ics in­clude ad­dic­tion, his HIV+ di­ag­no­sis and Wik­iLeaks ac­tivist Chelsea Man­ning. At times it sounds like JG has fan-girled on Robyn’s last few records but, hey, no one’s com­plain­ing, right?

Love’s a shit show… but still magic.

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