Kings & Queens (Jamie T album)

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Kings & Queens
Kings and Queens (Jamie T album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Jamie T
Released7 September 2009 (UK)
17 February 2010 (Japan)
Recorded2007–2009
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival, hip hop
LabelVirgin, Tearbridge International
ProducerJamie 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
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
AltSounds(76%)[2]
BBC(very positive)[3]
CHARTattack3.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound(9/10)[5]
The Observer5/5 stars[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
NME7/10 stars[8]
Now5/5 stars[9]
Q4/5 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 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 Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  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. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2012.