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Album Review: Patrick Watson - Just Another Ordinary Day (Secret City)

Released a full seven years after it hit Canada, is Patrick Watson's debut worth the wait?

Patrick Watson is one of those extravagantly gifted singers, like Rufus Wainwright or Antony Hegarty, who is so talented it’s almost a handicap. You find yourself wishing they’d tone down the falsetto acrobatics, and just sing the damn tune. Watson’s at his best when he keeps it simple, as on the stunning ‘The Great Escape’, from his 2006 album ‘Close To Paradise’. On this debut, released in his native Canada in 2003 but only now getting a UK release, he’s more interested in building wafty atmospheres than constructing actual songs. It’s beautiful, but it lacks direction.

Luke Lewis

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5 / 10

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