Boy from Michigan

John Grant - Boy from Michigan
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #297 / 513
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Based on 61 ratings
2021 Ratings: #547
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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.

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.

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.

prets
33
Though there’s lots to chew on here, where the record falls down is in its sheer length – both in its entirety and over a string of patience-testing tracks. There’s always been a hint of well-earned self-indulgence in his previous work, but here it sees Grant’s trademark biting humour flail and eventually sink in some of the mass on display here. When he leans fully into the nonsense of the wild ‘’Rhetorical Figure’ or the sleazy-assed synths of ... read more
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
kagan
27
Michigan must be terrible
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
ExpandMusic
10
There was posters of this album outside where I used to work and that place fucking sucked. I gave this a quick skim through and I can tell this album is a massive L if I sink more than 5 minutes into it so ima just give it a 1/10 (10/100) and move on with my day.
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Added on: March 24, 2021