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John Grant, 'Pale Green Ghosts'

John Grant, 'Pale Green Ghosts'
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Richly textured, both musically and emotionally, the second album from John Grant airs his post-breakup angst over a guy "with a black belt in bullshit" over sleek, low-key disco. Grant’s desolate lyrics can read like drunk-emails ("it isn’t complicated you just don’t care/You attack by not saying anything" on "Vietnam," which compares his ex's silence to Agent Orange). Set against stark strings, drifty beats and forlorn synths, they hit like the work of the best diva in emo.

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