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Close to Paradise

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Close to Paradise
Slip Into Your Skin
Weight of the World
The Storm
Mr. Tom
Luscious Life
Man Under the Sea
The Great Escape
Sleeping Beauty
Bright Shiny Lights
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 49:39

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I'm certainly not one to bandy the term about, but here, and now, for the first time in my E-music life, I'll use it! Best album of 2006 hands down. However, like anything genius, not everyone recognizes it at the time. This is a masterpiece that you will either hate or absolutely love and cherish. Sounds like no one I've ever heard, with hints of Jeff Buckley vocals, and strange Donnie Darko-esque dream sequence sound scapes. This album will either turn you right off, or transport you to another time and place as any truly brilliant piece of art will! As you hear the train chugging on the opening track prepare to board...you'll never want to come back!

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shallow escapist bullshit. simple melodies with little to no depth and useless dated experimental attempts (for example meaninglessly incorporating the recorded sound of a modem dialing). the fact that this won the Polaris prize almost completely discredits the award. what was the Polaris jury thinking, that bland and hardly characteristic crap is the best that Canada has to offer? well, I'll against stand that commonly self-made Canadian stereotype and declare that the jury's decision -- just like this album -- is full of shit!

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One of the best albums... ever


I'm not one to over hype, but this album is seriously the most exciting album I've heard since Colour Revolt's s/t EP and Radiohead's "Hail to the Thief" - Amazing vocals - kickin beats - beautiful fresh melodies - just amazing song writing.

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skip this review and go straight to "download all"


Venturing to see the Cinematic Orchestra in two nights, and praying that Patrick Watson is in attendance to lend his talents... that voice, that piano, mmmm.

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defining momment in the history of MY EARS!



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its nice, but....


...if you want to actually hear Satie, listen to Six Gnossiennes part I: Lent instead of the poorly disguised appropriation on "Mr. Tom"

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Dream Analysis


One newsprint reviewer called Patrick Watson a "rock n' roll god made flesh." That's appreciation speaking, and well placed. Hardly rock n' roll though, the tempo is mid to down mostly, but with the kind of lush arrangements, penetrating lyrics and tasty samplings that generate a lot of excitement. Someone on this website said that he liked all but "The Storm." Strange, because the track would feature highly on any M. Ward album, and it resonates across a decade or two for me with backup vocals that sound right out of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, a la "Junkbox Junkies." I rank "Day Dreamer" top of the class (what the hell, I'm a teacher), followed by "Sleeping Beauty," "The Storm," and "Close to Paradise." Let's hope the sophomore album's just as good.

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My Album of the Year 2007


There are many sweet things going on 2007 take St. Vincent for instance) but this is my album of the year.

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Wonderfully Odd


This wonderfully odd album sounds like a mashing of Coldplay, M. Ward, and Antony & The Johnsons. Beautiful vocals, intimate instrumentals, and occasional rock-outs make this standout album a real pleasure to hear.

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no smell of coldplay!!!


I'm feeelin ok now, but why the COLDPLAY ref. previous review!!!!! sir chris could only dream of havin a idea of any second of this download!!! Tracks 8/9 very very clever & gorgeous XXX

They Say All Music Guide

Before starting his quartet, Patrick Watson explored a variety of musical forms, from rock to electronica, and though Close to Paradise is clean indie pop, these other influences show up in the album frequently. A Coldplay for the hipster crowd (that’s X&Y-era Coldplay, not Parachutes Coldplay), Watson and his band write lush, ethereal, spacey melodies that swell into Jeff Buckley-esque symphonies or relax into measured shoegazer riffs; there are hints of ambient too, the way everything tends to swirl and coalesce, the occasional subtle drum programming, the stuttering loops, but there’s also chamber pop in the string arrangements and piano arpeggios and even, at times, a tendency toward cabaret. But despite all these things happening, the album never comes across as busy or overwhelming. In part this is thanks to the Canadian folk influence — the moan of the lap steel, the flitting banjo — that sweeps over everything like a prairie wind, Neil Young allusions and all, grounding the pieces in simple chord changes or wisping lines, but it’s also very much because of guitarist Simon Angell (from Watson’s high school ska band Gangster Politics), who adds his lightly distorted electric guitar at just the right moments, just when the dreamy piano seems to be moving too far outward into unstructured territory. In “Drifters,” for example, Watson’s trippy vocals echo off one another, but before it becomes too dancey, Angell comes in with strong, classical chords, pulling the piece toward something lush and orchestrated like what the Dears, rather than BT, might do. With “Slip into Your Skin” he uses his instrument to different effect, waiting until the song is more than halfway done before he plays his slow but frantic-sounding riff; it’s sparse but it’s deliberate and necessary, short lines of dialogue that bring the plot together with the characters and the setting. In fact, Close to Paradise plays like a film soundtrack more than anything else, from the Cirque du Soleil vamping of “Weight of the World” to the Peter Pan-esque twinkling of “Daydreamer,” backing the story of some sunken-shouldered traveler as he walks, or floats, across the plains. Entrancing, to say the least. – Marisa Brown

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