Wendy James – Queen High Street

The standout line on Queen comes from garage/punk kicker The impression of normalcy; ‘I did alright a long time ago’ sings James, relaying an almost Henry Rollins inability to take credit for the cultural impact of her earlier work and simultaneously offering an insight into an artistic desire to avoid complacency. 

Complacency: a word you could never use to describe an album of 20 tracks, varied musical styles and deeply introspective narratives.  An album in it’s truest form, Queen collects a variance of songs and builds them into a consistent theme; standing out with gentle longings (Cancel it), rebel garage guitar kicks (Perilous Beauty) and Sunday morning serene pop (‘Queen High Street’).

Whilst James herself admits ‘it’s not easy being an outlaw in times like these’, Queen suggests she still possesses outlaw stances, but where once it was pop/punk bombast it’s now melodic subtle nudges.