The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
Kings & Queens
By Jessica Lewis
Londoner Jamie T is back with Kings & Queens, an 11-track long night out. From getting stoned in the first song, “368,” to a sobering realization of communication problems in “Jilly Armeen,” T (for Treays) lays it all out on the floor in his trademark crass poetry. With that in mind, Treays has definitely given the album a more mature outlook, as he’s out of his teen years and his parents’ house. While there may not be a single on par with any from his first album, there are tracks like “Chaka Demus,” with a great drum and keyboard pairing, “Castro Dies,” a Beastie Boys-like commentary and “Earth, Wind & Fire,” which samples from Joan Baez and leads straight into a mesh of rock inspirations. Ever the entertainer, Treays has found a way to strengthen his charm and musical talent, which is worth the listen. (Pacemaker)