Review : Jamie T - Kings And Queens
DrownedinsoundI think one thing that we can all agree on is that Jamie T doesn't take things too seriously. That's not to say that he doesn't work hard, put out quality songs and albums or tour them accordingly. I'm just saying, Jamie T likes to have some fun. His brilliance (yep, I said it) on his first album, 2007's Kev Kharas-adored Panic Prevention seemed almost accidental. It was hidden behind youthful bravado, wicked grins, and the pervasive (and effective) use of none more wonky keyboards. Having released a strong, Mercury Prize-approved debut with enough hooks to gut a fish, Jamie T waited almost two years before releasing new material. Yeah, I'm not counting 'Fire Fire', which almost nobody seemed to notice.
But the mid-section of 2009 saw the floodgates open, with Jamie T and the Pacemakers releasing two EPs to precede the release of Kings and Queens, featuring six strong songs that didn't make it onto the record. So the expectations for this album were really high, although I wouldn't exactly call it hype. Mr T was adamant that he was going to let the songs develop on their own and take the course that they presented, rather than rush them in an effort to capitalize on first album success the way so many of his landfill peers did to their detriment. Giving these songs the space to develop, and with the assistance of his best friend/producer/band member Ben Bones, Jamie T and the Pacemakers have made a masterful album, capitalizing on everything he initiated with Panic Prevention....full text
ScotsmanDECISIONS, decisions. Sometimes it is easier not to be distracted by aisles and aisles of choice, and just stick to the one thing you like. But there are other moments when you just want to play with all your toys at the same time. Wimbledon troubadour Jamie Treays (suddenly there's a surname to be bandied about) hasn't quite decided what kind of musician he wants to be when he grows up – but at least he sounds happy continuing to work it out.
Following his confident debut album, Panic Prevention, young Mr T underwent some kind of creative crash, which he likened to feeling like a Vietnam veteran without the homecoming party. Life's a breeze on your debut album – you have your whole life up until that point to write it, and no great expectations of where it might take you. But then it's time to deliver on that promise and Treays found himself standing at the musical crossroads hoping to be called in a particular direction....full text
PrefixmagJamie T draws from a number of inspirations on his sophomore disc, Kings & Queens. The British songwriter channels classic protest rock (Bob Dylan), second-wave ska (The Clash), contemporary Americana (Ryan Adams) and even hardcore punk (Bad Brains) on his follow-up to 2007’s Mercury Prize shortlisted Panic Prevention. Yet fans of Jamie’s will recognize his own dizzying delivery, spinning yarns about everything from booze-fueled nights in London to the collapse of global financial institutions....full text
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