Album reviews: John Grant, Kojaque and Modest Mouse

A small-town boy’s candid stories blend pain and wit; a forceful, elegant hip hop love triangle comes to town; and US psych-pop experimentalists present first album in six years

27th June, 2021
Album reviews: John Grant, Kojaque and Modest Mouse
John Grant ably balances pain and wit on Boy from Michigan

John Grant

Boy from Michigan (Bella Union)

John Grant never avoids the confession box. Recorded and written in his Icelandic base, and produced by Welsh musician Cate le Bon, the songs here fizz with his signature autobiographical candour. As the title references, much of this album harks back to his early and conflicted life as a gay man in small-town America. Where there is pain, however, there is also wit, and...

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