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  • Audio CD (May 14, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B00B9LNK5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Very subtle and somber in its approach (even at its most uptempo).
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John Grant's voice, like Lana's is absolutely gorgeous and full of primal emotion.
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I sat down with headphones on and listened to the album all the way through.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
On the surface this record could be seen as chalk and cheese for John Grant fans. 2010s "Queen of Demark" was a lush melodic beast from the former Czars man with echoes of Jackson Browne, Rufus Wainwright, Billy Joel and even Neil Sedaka; this was assisted by the presence of country rockers Midlake as his backing band. Listen to "Pale Green Ghosts" and it is the presence of bubbling, thumping synths which immediately provide the dominant overriding theme. Please don't get the wrong impression though this is not "John Grant goes disco" and for those who hugely admire him as a songwriter with a penchant for witty, caustic, self deprecating and often brutally honest songs the general excellence of "PGG" will not disappoint.

The excellent opener and title track sets the theme with an almost Depeche Mode style techno grind and when accompanied by the best baritone in rock music it hits the bullseye. John Grant has had a troubled past and his recent stage declaration in London that he his HIV positive is a brave if sad admission. Yet this album has at its core the relationship break up with a former lover which he wrote about in "Queen of Denmark' which manifestly cuts like a open wound and any reconciliation is impossible . Listen to the haunting "Vietnam" which Grant has explained is a song about how his past lover annihilated him by showing how little his emotions mattered. His bitterness is raw and on full display not least in the powerful chorus which states "Your silence is a weapon/It's like a nuclear bomb/It's like the agent orange used in Vietnam/It's accompanied by an apathy/It's deafening through the years/You know it is complete and perfect/And you wield it without fear". A new anthem for Grant is also included the often-hilarious "GMF" (use your imagination!).
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Hard to figure out how many stars to give this. Track 3, "GMF," ranks with me among the best songs I've heard this year, insightful and damn funny. But tracks 4, 5, 6, and 7 are guitar strumming emo dirges, depressive and draggy, and I don't care how brave or soul baring they are, I don't wallow in your pain, man. I've given these cuts a chance and don't want listen to them. The rest include a couple of gems and a few others that I enjoy, though I wonder how long it will be before I'm tired of the hooky synth pop that propels his literate and often hilarious lyrics. "Black Belt" is one such -- talk about cutting somebody to pieces with words, wow, the pen IS mightier than the sword -- with those lyrics I don't think I'll tire of it any time soon, and the music is propulsive. "Ernest Borgnine is another keeper, very original and funny, "Pale Green Ghosts" effectively recreates the mood of driving along a highway at night when you are really too tired. Yes, I've seen those ghosts in the early morning hours too. But "Sensitive New Age Guy," a musical sibling to "Black Belt," might wear quickly because, well, the music and lyrics just aren't nearly as good. The final two songs on the CD, though they also deal with rejection and pain, rise above those four earlier emo cuts. "Glacier" is simply a beautiful slow closer, and "I Hate This Town" tells a story that I think lots of people can probably relate to - who hasn't run into an old flame and wishes they could crawl under a rock? -- and it has an upbeat chorus. So how many stars to give it? Some great music, some very good music, but 4 out of 11 cuts that I don't want to listen to, and I don't think they'll grow on me. Three stars aren't fair, but neither are four.
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By DAN on February 14, 2015
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Having enjoyed "Queen of Denmark", footage of some concerts (thanks, YouTube!), I had fallen into an impression of John Grant's music as a gentle, if bittersweet, tunes, with their ironic simplicity.

Not sure what took me so long to buy "Pale Green Ghosts", but by the third bar on the first track I was already cursing profoundly in a good way.

Because WTF?!?! with all these wild compositions carrying the brutally human lyrics. This album is like a musical Picasso underlying a Chagal Each track stuffed with raw emotions held up in sharp angles framed in throbbing ironies. Hearing just one of the tracks (take your pick) would make me feel like "wow, what a musician", and we're regaled with 11 of them. This may not be the most cheerful collection of songs, but the lush, hypnotic musicality of the thing keeps me playing it over and again. The guy's a mad genious.

So if the preceding babble makes any sense - or not - check. out. this. album. and then get back at us.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lemo on May 19, 2013
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A great album by an under-appreciated artist. If "Queen of Denmark" was an album about denial, sadness and grief at the collapse of a once promising relationship, then "Pale Green Ghosts" has fully moved into the anger stage. It's an album of bitter recriminations and self-lacerating observations backed by fairly stark arrangements and techno beats. It's not as immediately accessible as Queen of Denmark and many of the songs don't fully reveal themselves until after several listenings (such as Vietnam and Glacier). Still, this is an album I highly recommend.
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