Boy From Michigan
Gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code
Let's face facts, much as we adore the often dark, deeply personal and confessional work of John Grant he's not necessarily your go-to summer playlist. Boy From Michigan might start with a sultry Neo-jazz air that serves to disarm, but this is really the red herring before things take a dive into less comfortable and far more memorable and inescapable directions.
Following suit from previous outings in terms of themes, Grant invites us into his midwest childhood and coming of age years, exploring subjects such as repressed homosexuality, including mutual denial of intimate encounters, the battered Americana iconography that still haunts him to this day, and the death of a USA we once believed existed but probably never did. All told through waves of sometimes swirling, in other moments gentle, and occasionally upbeat synth pop joy, it's another work of art from one of our favourites.
|Side 1 - Track 1. Boy From Michigan|
|Side 1 - Track 2. County Fair|
|Side 1 - Track 3. The Rusty Bull|
|Side 2 - Track 1. The Cruise Room|
|Side 2 - Track 2. Mike & Julie|
|Side 2 - Track 3. Best In Me|
|Side 3 - Track 1. Rhetorical Figure|
|Side 3 - Track 2. Just So You Know|
|Side 3 - Track 3. Dandy Star|
|Side 4 - Track 1. Your Portfolio|
|Side 4 - Track 2. The Only Baby|
|Side 4 - Track 3. Billy|