Kings & Queens (Jamie T album)

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Kings & Queens
Studio album by Jamie T
Released 7 September 2009 (UK)
17 February 2010 (Japan)
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival, hip hop
Label Virgin, Tearbridge International
Producer Jamie T, Ben Coupland
Jamie T chronology
Panic Prevention
(2007)
Kings & Queens
(2009)
Carry on the Grudge
(2014)
Singles from Kings & Queens
  1. "Sticks 'n' Stones"
    Released: 29 June 2009
  2. "Chaka Demus"
    Released: 31 August 2009
  3. "The Man's Machine"
    Released: 23 November 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
AltSounds (76%)[2]
BBC (very positive)[3]
CHARTattack 3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[5]
The Observer 5/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
NME 7/10 stars[8]
Now 5/5 stars[9]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Kings & Queens is the second album by Londoner singer-songwriter Jamie T, released on 7 September 2009. The album reached No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart.

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album was "Sticks 'n' Stones" released on 29 June 2009. It featured three B-sides; "St. Christopher", "On The Green" and "The Dance of the Young Professionals" and reached No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Chaka Demus" was the second single to be released from the album and was out a week before the album, on 31 August. It peaked at No. 23 on the UK Singles Chart. "The Man's Machine" was the third single from the album, released on 23 November 2009. The album's fourth single a re-recorded version of "Emily's Heart" along with a cover Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" as a B-side was released on 15 March. A music video for "Emily's Heart" was released in February 2010.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "368" 4:43
  2. "Hocus Pocus" 3:31
  3. "Sticks 'n' Stones" 4:01
  4. "The Man's Machine" 4:50
  5. "Emily's Heart" 4:08
  6. "Chaka Demus" 3:35
  7. "Spider's Web" 4:44
  8. "Castro Dies" 2:59
  9. "Earth, Wind & Fire" 3:45
  10. "British Intelligence" 3:19
  11. "Jilly Armeen" 3:14
  12. "The Curious Sound" ft Ben Bones (iTunes Bonus track) 2:52[10]

Bonus tracks (Japanese edition)[edit]

  1. "Saint Christopher"[11]
  2. "On the Green"[12]
  3. "Spider's Web" (Live at the Electric Ballroom)[13]
  4. "Chaka Demus" (Toddla T Remix)[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received positive reviews from critics, with Brianna Saraceno of Drowned in Sound proclaiming it "a resounding success".[15] On review aggregater Metacritic, Kings & Queens earned a 74 out of 100 score, based on 13 professional reviews.[16]

Release in Japan[edit]

Kings & Queens was released in Japan by Tearbridge International on 17 February 2010.[17]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certifier Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Gold[18] 100,000+

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. Kings & Queens (Jamie T album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "AltSounds review". Hangout.altsounds.com. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC review". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ CHARTattack review[dead link]
  5. ^ Saraceno, Brianna (8 September 2009). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Gary Mulholland (12 July 2009). "The Observer review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Caroline Sullivan (4 September 2009). "The Guardian review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Rennie, Andrew (19 January 1984). "Now review". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  10. ^ In the Japan edition, "Saint Christopher" replaced it.
  11. ^ Track # 12
  12. ^ Track # 13
  13. ^ Track # 14
  14. ^ Track # 15
  15. ^ Saraceno, Brianna (8 September 2009). "Jamie T – Kings And Queens / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kings & Queens Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kings & Queens : Jamie.T : avex network". Avexnet.jp. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Certified Awards". Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2012.