on 2 October 2007
I've been consumed with this CD for the last couple of weeks. Musically, it's very satisfying, with varied and always effective instrumentation (samples, banjo, glock, horns, strings, accordian) augmenting the strong keyboard and electric guitar contributions. Watson's classical grounding and method is clear, as is his songwriting talent - songs take on engrossing chord sequences, key changes and time signatures. I'm not enamoured with the unrefined production, but the songs and performances make this my best purchase in a while. Highlight: Man under the Sea, but others come pretty close.
Recommended to fans of art-rock, baroque pop etc.
on 25 March 2007
I shall repeat, why is this guy not more well known? Hopefully with his upcoming appearance on the Cinematic Orchestra's new album he will be propelled into the spotlight and will have Amazon buyers falling over themselves to write adoring reviews. Ok vocally he does remind me alot of Jeff Buckley (which is quite an achievment in itself) and the very overated Anthony & the Johnsons who I personally find un-listenable. The music is unlike anything else out there at the moment, ranging from simple piano arrangements to lush & elaborate compositions which give his vocal range a true workout. Do yourself a favour and savour the sonic delights of this album, you won't be disappointed.
on 18 January 2008
Haven't stopped playing it since my sister recoomended it to me. The falsetto Buckleyesque element others have commented upon but its the strength of the songwriting, the depth of the arrangements and the confidence that shines through. PW has driven Band of Horses from my playlist and they were massive so big up to the voice of 2008
on 3 September 2007
With obvious comparisons to Jeff Buckley the music has an instant familiarity, with Mr Watsons compelling vocal range. Listening to it for the last week or so, Satie pops up, as well as the quirky nature and soundscapes of Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain. Eclectic enough not to be too predictable with some fantastic song writing. Brilliant
on 26 October 2007
if you only buy essential albums then this needs to go in your collection. unique soundscapes, beautiful falsetto - i mean beautiful - wonderfully crafted songs and a great soundtrack for the cold winter nights. just cannot stop playing this and it keeps giving me something new on each listen. it is very easy to see why this album won the polaris (canadian mercury award) award.
do yourself a favour friend and check these guys out - you will not be dissappointed