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Old 07-04-2013, 21:25
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I must admit on hearing this for the first time a couple of weeks ago I was distinctly underwhelmed. The lush orchestration of Queen Of Denmark had been replaced by much harsher sounding synths and it just didn't sound quite right somehow. Needles to say, I was very disappointed.

Having now listened to it about a dozen times, I can safely say that I think the album is a work of genius. Those synths that I initially disliked now seem to bring out the majesty of John's voice and in their own way are just as beautiful as the orchestrated tracks on Queen Of Denmark.

Early days I know but I don't think I'll hear a better album this year and predict it will do very well in the end of year polls.

Anyone else heard it and want to share their thoughts??
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Old 07-04-2013, 21:53
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I can only agree .... I was expecting / hoping for Queen of Denmark 2 but PGGs is hard to get into, but a grower if you stick with it ...file under slow burner
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:29
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I can only agree .... I was expecting / hoping for Queen of Denmark 2 but PGGs is hard to get into, but a grower if you stick with it ...file under slow burner
Yes I must admit I was hoping for more of the same, but now I'm glad that he's taken a different direction as it adds more variety to the songs.
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Old 08-04-2013, 20:14
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I like the album, Glacier is a beautiful song. I think it would all sound better acoustic though.
I listen to a lot of electronic music so I'm not against him using synths but to me they sound out of place on some songs here as if they were just added on at the end and I don't really like the sounds... Still... 7/10!
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:11
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Personally I think Queen of Denmark is probably the best album I've heard in the past ten years. The highest compliment I can pay Pale Green Ghosts is that I wasn't disappointed.
GMF might be the catchiest sweary song I've ever heard.
And Glacier is frankly stunning.
I'm not a fan of listening to songs on repeat, but I sat the other Saturday for about 3 hours listening to that over and over.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:13
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Personally I think Queen of Denmark is probably the best album I've heard in the past ten years. The highest compliment I can pay Pale Green Ghosts is that I wasn't disappointed.
GMF might be the catchiest sweary song I've ever heard.
And Glacier is frankly stunning.
I'm not a fan of listening to songs on repeat, but I sat the other Saturday for about 3 hours listening to that over and over.
GMF is the new single (swearing included):-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekFWPsXXcg0
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Old 09-04-2013, 18:05
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It's a wonderful album and I agree with the general consensus that Glacier is the standout track and a thing of rare beauty.

I'll be seeing John at The Ritz next month and I can't wait to hear him sing these songs live. The last gig I went to was Father John Misty and he put on an INCREDIBLE performance so I feel positively spoiled at the moment.
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Old 09-04-2013, 23:08
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Big thanks to Sinead O'Connor - if it wasn't for her last album I'd never have stumbled upon Queen of Denmark in the first place
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Old 09-04-2013, 23:15
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It's a wonderful album and I agree with the general consensus that Glacier is the standout track and a thing of rare beauty.

I'll be seeing John at The Ritz next month and I can't wait to hear him sing these songs live. The last gig I went to was Father John Misty and he put on an INCREDIBLE performance so I feel positively spoiled at the moment.
I agree totally about Glacier, here it is for anyone who's interested in hearing it :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpsehu905W0
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Old 11-04-2013, 21:25
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I like it but to be honest I don't think it's quite up there with Queen of Denmark, and I've found my favourite songs are the ones that sound most like the stuff on that album (GMF, Glacier and It Doesn't Matter to him are all brilliant songs.) The synths work well in places - the title track in particular is very good - but Sensitive New Age Guy is my least favourite song of his and Black Belt is just sort of there. Not that keen on Why Don't You Love Me Anymore either but the others are all good

Some fantastic lyrics though and his voice is amazing. Queen of Denmark is one of my favourite albums of all time, this one's just very good. Going to see him next month - can't wait!
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Old 15-04-2013, 12:25
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He is sublime. That is all.
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Old 15-04-2013, 15:05
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Caramel (from "Queen of Denmark" makes me cry - beautiful
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:19
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Need to hear it, the Queen of Denmark album is great!
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:45
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So looking forward to seeing him in Bath on May 7th
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Old 28-04-2013, 14:11
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Right heard it and I f*cking love, the title track, Glacier, You Don't Have To, I Hate This Town are stand outs right now, he is awesome...
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