Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #41 / 771
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2015 Ratings: #264
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bella Union, Partisan / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
Black humour, sharp observation and a playful but meticulous knack with words, surely aided by his capacity as a multi-linguist, make ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ a record which satisfies on every level.
85
The 405

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is not only a collection of emotionally affecting, even heart-breaking songs, but also comes loaded with lines filled with dry humour and a witty turn of phrase.

80
Loud and Quiet
Just as on his last two records, the sheer force of his personality finds a way to shine through even when he’s aggressively pursuing different sonic approaches, and it’s that, in turn, that sets him a class apart from so many of his peers.
80
PopMatters
John Grant is making some of the best art of the new millennium as he struggles with his many demons, both those internal and those external.
80
The Skinny
John Grant’s third impressive effort in a row sees the Iceland-based musician reach a new level of maturity, even as his stylistic choices shoot for something wilder.
80
DIY
Despite the success that’s accompanied virtually every move he’s made since releasing his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Queen of Denmark’ in 2010, not a trace of complacency registers in this third offering.
80
Drowned in Sound

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is a rich, dense and rewarding album. Dig deep into it and watch it envelop you - decay and chaos has rarely sounded so seductive.

80
musicOMH

The Grant of 2015 has grown, and found happiness in love ... This version is older, happier maybe – while still possessing the same mordant wit, rich baritone and disarming, even angry honesty – and ready to face the hidden surprises of middle age.

80
Time Out London
The sharp-witted, silken-voiced singer-songwriter has created a raggle-taggle bunch of marvellous songs for ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ that barely leave a genre unturned and yet are all unmistakably his own.
80
AllMusic

At nearly an hour long, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is a dense, rewarding listen from an artist who's becoming more complex, and more direct, with each album.

80
Uncut
Sometimes the soul-baring is almost painful, and you might wince at Grant’s verbose open letters to old lovers. But part of Grant’s appeal is his ability to unashamedly go places where others dare not. His finest album yet.
70
Rolling Stone

A masterfully sincere yet acerbic balladeer stretches himself a little thin on an otherwise strong album.

60
The Line of Best Fit

While Grey Tickles, Black Pressure should be a career-definiting opus, it just seems unfocussed and uncertain; Grant's barbs aren't as sharp, which means too few of the songs stick like they should.

Farlov
75
"I did not think i was the one being addressed in hemorrhoid commercials on the TV set"

"You and Hitler oughta get together. You oughta learn to knit and wear matching sweaters"

"You know it takes an ass like yours to make it possible for me To have developed such a very high tolerance for inappropriate behaviour"
rosevean
74
#6 Down Here, #10 Black Blizzard, #11 Disappointing
Doofy
69
This remains the hardest sell of the three Grant albums thus far - there's no obvious narrative and much of it revisits familiar musical turf while the hooks are sunk a little deeper than usual.

To compensate the big man has wisely pushed the comedy to the fore and that's what bags him a 69.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
raymon
81
I truly enjoyed the black humor this album possesses. Grant is really a clever songwriter and his personality shines through his songs. It's playful and serious at the same time. The production is strong and at times very lush.
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  3. Snug Slacks
  4. Guess How I Know
  5. You & Him
  6. Down Here
  7. Voodoo Doll
  8. Global Warming
  9. Magma Arrives
  10. Black Blizzard
  11. Disappointing
  12. No More Tangles
  13. Geraldine
  14. Outro
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