Boy from Michigan

John Grant - Boy from Michigan
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #444 / 736
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Based on 76 ratings
2021 Ratings: #777
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Louder Than War

Boy From Michigan is yet another collection of outstanding songs from John Grant. A series of personal and slightly tragic vignettes that he relays magnificently.

80
Mojo

Boy From Michigan is Grant in panoramic mode, looking back and looking forward to create his biggest picture yet.

80
Uncut

If Grant's recent output veered toward the unnecessarily quirky, this new record restores focus.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Boy From Michigan is an intense, involved listen that is bizarre and wonderfully playful even in its most traditional moments.

80
The Skinny

John Grant has always been something of an open book, but on Boy from Michigan, the ostentatious trappings of the past are mostly eschewed for straightforward arrangements and clear-eyed storytelling.

80
The Arts Desk

As a whole, Boy From Michigan is further confirmation that John Grant is one of the modern-era’s most significant singer-songwriters.

80
NME

The electro-pop artist's latest punctuates intense and dark examinations of contemporary masculinity with moments of breathtaking beauty.

80
The Irish Times

Cate Le Bon’s production brings an interesting hue to a somewhat discordant record, which that traverses themes including childhood, sexuality and capitalism.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

In sound and subject matter, there is little to distinguish Boy from Michigan from his previous few albums, but that is fine: the songs are still delicious, and the satire is still ferocious.

75
Under The Radar

I freely laud John Grant for doing easily, on this album, his best songwriting yet. It just may not be an album for beginners, or for those not patient enough to enjoy its subtle rewards.

70
Gigwise

Overall, Boy From Michigan is a fantastic album. Though there are a couple of missteps, Boy From Michigan is a unique, expansive and highly personal take on psych, combining the old and new with amazing results.

70
musicOMH

Boy From Michigan is not an easy album to get to grips with, nor is it one for background listening. For those willing to put the work in, this is another invigorating missive from one of music’s finest minds.

70
AllMusic

Despite its occasional uneven moments, Boy from Michigan is a frequently brilliant album from a gifted stylist and songwriter who never stops challenging himself or his audience.

60
DIY

A self-portrait with a violent colour palette.

40
Dork

For a record that dissects the American Dream, perhaps its fitting then that it ultimately becomes too grandiose for its own good, reaching out too far and falling over itself.

kagan
NR

Michigan must be terrible

NTTR
75

John Grant - Boy from Michigan

Genre: Singer Songwriter
Country: US

Final Verdict: 75% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 39th / 572

Highlight: County Fair

Made me think of:
Matt Berninger
Rufus Wainwright
Hurts
Elbow
Damien Jurado

Doofy
77

Things were looking dicey after the deeply disappointing 'Love is Magic' but thankfully 'Boy from Michigan' is a return to form and arguably Grant's second most consistent solo release. The opening five tracks make for an unhurried nostalgic and dreamlike suite, one to relax into - certainly the best run of songs he's committed to tape since the first four on the debut.

On the downside the quirky/humorous efforts 'Best in Me' and 'Portfolio' are overlong (especially on an album made up of ... read more

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Added on: March 24, 2021