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Patrick Watson, ‘Close to Paradise’ (Secret City)

Stacey Anderson // January 18, 2008

Patrick Watson is a man, a band, and a circus waiting to explode. The dramatic singer/keyboardist and the quartet that bears his name have hit a kinetic stride on their second album, a balletic sweep of cabaret pop, spacey rock, and effusive classical piano that thinly veils an anxious pathos (cued by dissonant brass and threatening strings). Watson is fascinated by seclusion, both literally (“Man Under the Sea”) and figuratively (everything else), and explores it nimbly, with a motherless mewl to rival Nick Drake’s.

Now Hear This Patrick Watson – “The Storm” DOWNLOAD MP3