The Good The Bad and The Queen

The Good, the Bad & the Queen is the name of the alternative rock super-group lead by Damon Albarn, together with Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong.
They emerged at the same time as their acclaimed album, which shares the same name, in 2007. The album is a moving tribute to London, described by The Observer as “one of the most magical and surprising albums that Damon Albarn has ever produced”. These four storytellers have struck back with a new studio album titled Merrie Land. The album was produced by Tony Visconti together with The Good, The Bad & The Queen, and was written between London and Wales. During this creative time, the UK was preparing to leave the EU, which is what inspired the creation of Merrie Land, a goodbye letter offering a series of observations and reflections about the British sentiment in 2018. Merrie Land has allowed the band to leveraged a creative fusion between the past and future. It takes huge inspiration from their incredible musical careers, turning this hybrid result into a postmodern product, but at the same time remaining immensely British. In the band’s own words, ''Merrie Land is a ten-song lament of Anglo-Saxo-sentialism, marking the reluctant end of a relationship and about picking up the pieces and seeing what can be salvaged. In times of metaphysical trauma, the people need to continue to move forward and put on their armour. It’s a musical expression of the feelings of a nation on the brink of collapse, but who are not yet prepared to give up the fight.''.

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