Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Up front I have to state that I've never really gotten the frenzy surrounding Patrick Watson. I think the music is fine, but Polaris-worthy? Not really.
So that's the context with which I approach the new album Adventures In Your Own Backyard.
What I got surprised me very little. It's another collection of densely arranged songs, each striving to be a elegant lush number. Many succeed but few stand out. The opener "Lighthouse" being a prime example.
There are a few noteworthy cuts. "Step Out for a While" is a tautly spinning number that seems teetering on the bring of collapse. A plucky Owen Pallett-lite arrangement does yeoman's work on "Blackwind". A single soaring horn makes you take note of "Into Giants".
Unfortunately, snoozers like "Words In the Fire" and "Noisy Sunday" are far more common on the record than are tracks like "Strange Crooked Road" (featuring one of the album's precious few bursts of energy).
Admittedly Adventures In Your Own Backyard is a lovely album. However, that in and of itself is not enough to make it a record that I'll be reaching for to play again and again.
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