Putting the fun and funk into a mid-life crisis

Robert McMillen
John Grant Mandela Hall Open House Festival John Grant really knows how to create a soundscape. Electronica a la Gary Numan, acoustic ballads, grunge, funk, a bassline that sent seismometers into a panic and Zappa-esque cookiness all invite you into the world of the ex-Czars frontman who has found critical and mass appeal in the past few years. And no wonder. The Mandela Hall was heaving this week as the Open House festival invited us to jump on board the emotional rollercoaster ride of Grant's life as told in songs that were tender, sleazy, bleak, raging and/or funny. Sometimes all of th[...]

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