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Adventures in Your Own Backyard

Patrick WatsonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Patrick Watson's "Fireweed" from the album WOODEN ARMS

Biography

Patrick Watson is a musical mad scientist. He’s an internationally acclaimed singer, composer, songwriter, and producer. Patrick Watson is also the name of this mad genius’ band, fleshed-out like Frankenstein by Robbie Kuster, Mishka Stein, and Simon Angell.

Both the man and his monster have received international acclaim since the September 2006 release of Close to Paradise ... Read more in Amazon's Patrick Watson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B007HM303S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lighthouse
2. Blackwind
3. Step Out For Awhile
4. The Quiet Crowd
5. Into Giants
6. Morning Sheets
7. Words In The Fire
8. Things We Do
9. Strange Crooked Road
10. Noisey Sunday
11. Adventures In Your Own Backyard
12. Swimming Pools

Editorial Reviews

Adventures In Your Own Backyard was made at home after a grueling five-year run that saw Patrick and his band tour the world in support of two critically-acclaimed and successful albums, including the Polaris award-winning Close To Paradise. During this time, Patrick also contributed to Ma Fleur, the 2007 album from The Cinematic Orchestra, co-writing and singing on a sizeable portion of the record. In Patrick's own words, Adventures... is an effort on the band's part to "make the kind of music we would want to listen to at home." The album's title is an obvious nod to this.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A subtle, little gem! May 13, 2012
By sunder
Format:Audio CD
After spending nearly five years on the road promoting 2006's Close to Paradise and 2009's Polaris Music Prize-nominated Wooden Arms, Patrick Watson and his band retreated to the Montreal-based singer/songwriter's apartment to craft the appropriately titled "Adventures in Your Own Backyard". Spare, haunting, and emotionally charged, Watson's fourth outing feels a little voyeuristic, like walking in on a character in the midst of a moonlit soliloquy.
The lush chamber pop arrangements that have become his forte over the years are alive and well but respective of the austerity of the project, relegating themselves to the hallway, allowing standout cuts like "The Quiet Crowd", "Lighthouse", and the spooky Antony and the Johnsons-meets-Radiohead-inspired title track the room they need to find an emergency exit should the deal go bad.
Watson's angelic yet occasionally impenetrable voice, which sounds a lot like the aforementioned Antony Hegarty mixed with Appalachian folk legend John Jacob Niles, serves as the foundation for each of the 12 tracks, and his tendency to stretch syllables and bend vowels to his will, like the late Jeff Buckley, makes that voice feel less like a lyric delivery mechanism and more like an instrument.
In the end, it's the subtlety of "Adventures in Your Own Backyard" that will ultimately decide its fate.
The digital age has not been kind to the LP, especially one that requires such patience, but listeners willing to devote an hour -- rather than a rushed five-minute scan of the first 30 seconds of each cut -- to this unassuming little gem will likely want to revisit it again and again. J. C. Monger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Watson! May 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Patrick Watson has been one of my very favorite artists for the last five years. I still can't believe that more people don't know about him. He is simply brilliant. Think Jeff Buckley meets Radiohead. I've traveled hundreds of miles to see him live, and I'll be seing three shows on his West Coast tour. I can't wait.

Now about this record specifically. I absolutely love this record. Watson and his band continue to evolve and write wonderful music. I'm a huge fan of his last two records ("Close to Paradise" and "Wooden Arms" -- check them out if you haven't!), and I'm already listening to this one over and over. The melodies are infectious. The layers and textures are deep and interesting. The production is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and buy this record.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Originals May 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw Patrick Watson opening for Andrew Bird recently. Simply amazing! They completely won over the crowd which widely had no previous knowledge of the band, myself included. I immediately purchased every one of their albums. The band is supremely talented. They are extremely inventive and bring a level of texture and nuance to their music that is rarely seen in the industry today. Very original and accessible folk/pop, with layered instrumentation, sweeping melodies, and elements of classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and Americana that create a broad soundscape that envelopes the listener. Do yourself a favor and buy the albums, and if possible, see them live. A true musical experience for anyone who loves music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLEW ME AWAY!!! May 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
We went to Beacon to see Andrew Bird last night and Watson was the opening act, this guy just blew me away, I immediately got all three of his CD at $15 each at Beacon, and have non stop playing his music since...

This guy is crazy good, his sound is complex, atmospheric and enchanting...best new music I heard this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much!!! December 11, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It is a pleasure when you enjoy the music comes,
It arrived in perfect condition!!!
Thank you very much!!!
Gonza Giuliano
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love November 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can't stop listening to this - will probably have to get all the rest of Patrick Watson's albumns - and go see him live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice that hits your soul! July 29, 2013
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One of the best indie stuff I've listened to so far! Patrick has got a voice that plays with your soul. The melodies and lyrics are super awesome as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars On par with Wooden Arms April 5, 2013
By Brian
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Patrick Watson delivered again with "Adventures..." I heard a live performance on NPR and immediately bought the album when I got home. The tone is a little darker, but the energy is high and the lyrics are deep. If you're a Watson fan, this won't disappoint you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearing it everywhere
I bought the vinyl on a recommendation from Evangeline Lilly. I've had it for a couple of months, and I'm hearing songs from the album everywhere. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Genial lyrics with superb musicians!!
Genial lyrics with superb musicians. Very creative and has a whole lot of originality. Lead vocals are unique and very enjoyable
Published 11 months ago by Antonio Saldana
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
What can I say, if you know Patrick Watson's music you will love this. I play it every week and it is so easy to work or relax to.
Published 13 months ago by rosemary
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful arrangements and variety
Not all of the songs on this album are my favorite, but there are at least four (Lighthouse, Morning Sheets, The Things You Do and The Things We Do) that are beautiful and clearly... Read more
Published 16 months ago by fosuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
This is one of my favorite albums of 2012. The music is sublimely melodic...melancholic at times. I like all songs very much, except perhaps The Things You Do, and Strange... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mario Villalobos
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Patrick!
I went to go see the Andrew Bird concert awhile back, and Patrick Watson opened for him. His music changed me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Drew Skokowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Bomb ass hippie music
Seriously awesome album. Patrick's voice is magical and I love all the different instruments in the songs! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dueysdrawings
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
a must have. I liked Wooden Arms, but this effort is just in a league of its own. Melodic, beautiful piece of work. Wonderfully produced with a nice echo / concert hall feel. Read more
Published 20 months ago by autobono
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware Free Downloads
Amazon offered some free downloads recently of new bands. This was one of them and the song that was offered was just like the above 5 star reviews describe: quirky, musical,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Philip D. Payson
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