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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.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0078WGVS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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BBC Review

Something of a star in his Canadian homeland after winning the 2007 Polaris Prize – the country’s equivalent of the Mercury Prize – for his second album Close to Paradise, and nearly repeating the feat two years later with his third Wooden Arms, Montreal-based Patrick Watson makes a bid for similar acclaim in the UK with the release of his first for Domino Records. Any failure to scale those heights will be our loss rather than his: Adventures in Your Own Backyard is a frankly exquisite, elegantly crafted gem. Slightly sparser than Wooden Arms, this fourth album overflows with sentiment without ever being sentimental, Watson’s delicate falsetto a distant, less flamboyant cousin of Jeff Buckley’s, his band’s arrangements ingenious but never overwrought.

His graceful touch is evident right from the album’s opening seconds, where he strokes out the simplest of melodies from his piano before barely whispering the opening lines: "Leave a light on in the wild / ‘Cos I’m coming in a little blind". It’s as still as a misty lake at dawn, and equally as beautiful; but Watson is a man of many sides, and after three minutes so impalpable as to be hardly there, Lighthouse suddenly bursts into a mariachi-flavoured celebration, slow enough to be funereal and yet full of joy. It’s this kind of bittersweet melancholy that he pursues masterfully throughout this set’s dozen songs, whether on Blackwind – distinguished by the lightest of strings and hints of pedal steel – or Quiet Crowd, a piano ballad that blossoms unexpectedly into the sweetest, if briefest, of sing-alongs, its flutes trilling playfully while chamber-pop violins swoon in the background.

Opening single, Into Giants, is more obviously upbeat, a shuffling slice of homey folk that fades out midway, only to emerge on the back of a triumphant trumpet fanfare, while Morning Sheets is a more dramatic, orchestral track that might even pass for an updated take on the ambitious pop Radiohead undertook on The Bends. But it’s the subtlety of Watson’s approach – whether he’s serenading us with the sweet comfort of Words in the Fire or offering a Broadway pastiche in a style familiar to fans of Rufus Wainwright – that makes this such a special record. Others this year will be brasher, more immediate, and maybe more innovative, but few will be lovelier, more rewarding or, indeed, better.

--Adrian Edwards

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nomis on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album for the opening track - it is truly a stunner. There are a number of equally good songs but some of the others didn't grab me at first. So I did need to give it some time (it's worth noting that I prefer to listen to whole albums and I accept that there are always some songs that resonate more than others, but I believe that whole albums are intended to be an aural journey with highs and lows and so I don't skip songs or download only the most agreeable songs - often the 'lesser' tunes pay-off in the long term and this is as much about the quality of the songs as their tempo, lyrics or rhythm). So overall the quality is very good and the theme/tone is consistent. There are quiet songs and raucous songs and great musicianship throughout. I do like his voice, it is similar to Jeff Buckley's, or that is what comes to mind, so if you find Jeff Buckley too soft, lilting, or to much at the high end of the vocal spectrum then this probably isn't for you (or approach with caution). Funnily enough I don't particularly like Jeff Beck or the theatricality of Rufus Wainwright and yet the same musical moments on this album I really enjoy - I guess the Lighthouse song just made me a believer and that drew me in to Patrick Watson's world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen H. Lyall on 24 May 2012
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Once again Patrick Watson and his talented musical collaberators do not disappoint. Continuing broadly in the vein of his previous three albums this is another collection of complex compositions which are frequently beautiful varied and always interesting. Anchored mainly with his inventive piano playing and trademark falsetto the songs are augmented with strings horns and all manner of instrumentation. It is not until you give the recording your undivided attention that seemingly previously unheard instruments are picked up. The opening track sets a high standard which is maintained throughout. Even for those not keen on a falsetto vocal there are two lovely instrumentals included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrian Mallayev on 28 May 2014
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Perfect for nice listening with friends and alone! Great mastering! Recommend to any music lover around the world. Get it now!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Twink on 28 May 2012
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After listening to this Lp for a few weeks I think its even better than the classic 'Close to Paradise'. I was slightly let down by the last Lp 'Wooden Arms', which paled in comparison to its predecessor, but this latest effort has rejuvenated my love of this man and his band. Sweeping soundscapes and intricate atmospheres combine to stunning effect, further proving that there is no-one else around quite like him. A triumph.
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