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Adventures in Your Own Backyard
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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
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.
This guy is crazy good, his sound is complex, atmospheric and enchanting...best new music I heard this year!
It is well written, performed and produced material which does not rely on technical trickery to generate and hold the listener's interest. Instead the use of 'old school' devices such as melodic themes interesting harmonization, good vocals, etc., provides enjoyable and engaging listening.
Well done Patrick Watson!
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An all time favourite with beautiful musicianship and great lyrics.Published 4 months ago by matthew clarke
Fantastic CD. Every song has a similar musical theme, but they're unique enough to keep your interest in the entire album. Really wonderful sound. Enjoying it immensely.Published 12 months ago by Tamara Spooner
This guys does really nice music. find some internet to listen to and you will understand.Published 19 months ago by Simon Damphousse
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Can't stop listening to this - will probably have to get all the rest of Patrick Watson's albumns - and go see him live!Published on November 23, 2013 by J Elise Robocker
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 morePublished on October 6, 2013 by C. Cook
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!Published on July 29, 2013 by Mohammad Ebrahim Kolahdouz
Genial lyrics with superb musicians. Very creative and has a whole lot of originality. Lead vocals are unique and very enjoyablePublished on April 29, 2013 by Antonio Saldana