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Review: John Grant's use of synths signal beat change

Chris Jones

Given the 70s soft rock stylings of his debut solo album Queen Of Denmark, it's likely that not many of last night's audience expected to see burly 40-something John Grant doing the robot dance to some HI NRG disco.

But that's what we got during a storming performance of Sensitive New She Guy, from his second solo album Pale Green Ghosts. That record was recorded with Biggi Veira of Icelandic electro act Gus Gus, and last night's set was almost exclusively devoted to songs drawn from it. It was a feast for lovers of vintage synthesisers and robotic rhythms.

The changes in tempo and tone can be jarring and the almost complete shunning of Queen Of Denmark is odd, but John Grant remains a performer -- and a man -- to cherish.

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