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John Grant with Midlake, Royal Festival Hall

John Grant with Midlake, Royal Festival Hall

Joyous celebration of a dark-hearted album

John Grant: those specs aren't rose-tinted

John Grant’s Queen of Denmark was released less than 18 months ago. Yet here it is, already being performed at one these "so-and-so plays such-and-such an album" shows. Does it merit this treatment? Based on last night, yes. This one-off reunion of Grant with his patrons, Texas’s Midlake, lit the Festival Hall with the beauty and literate miserabilism of his songs. In jeans, suit jacket and a T-shirt, Grant strolled on stage and the audience erupted in applause. He’s touched a chord.

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