KING­DOM OF DOOM

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN (2007 )

Q (UK) - - Damon At 50 -

Cho­sen by: Dave Ever­ley, Q writer

Lon­don has al­ways been Albarn’s great­est muse, and 13 years af­ter Park­life’s car­toon­ish por­trait of the city, he re­turned to his old stomp­ing ground with a darker state-of-the-cap­i­tal ad­dress. The Good, The Bad & The Queen found Damon al­chemis­ing gold from the un­like­li­est of sources – The Clash’s Paul Si­monon, Fela Kuti drum­mer Tony Allen and former Verve guitarist Si­mon Tong. They evoked a dif­fer­ent kind of Cool Bri­tan­nia on King­dom Of Doom, one that traced an in­vis­i­ble line be­tween run-down coun­cil es­tates, the war­mon­gers in Num­ber 10 and Lon­don’s eter­nal oc­cult un­der­belly.

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