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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secret City Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Adventures In Your Own Backyard, the third full-length effort from Patrick Watson, was recorded in Montreal after a grueling five-year run that saw Patrick and his band (bassist Mishka Stein bass, guitarist Simon Angell and drummer Robbie Kuster) tour the world in support of two critically-acclaimed and successful albums, including the Polaris Music Prize-winning Close To Paradise. The album's title is a nod to both Watson's attempt to make a more 'personal, humble' record - and to the fact that it was recorded almost entirely in his apartment in Montreal. The result is an album that is still ripe with the touchstones one has come to expect from Patrick Watson and his collaborators, but permeated with a greater sense of patience, and confidence.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By benotdes on Jan. 19 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Je ne connaissais pas du tout cet artiste avant de me procurer ce disque et je dois admettre que je suis agréablement surpris. Ce disque est parfait pour relaxer, créer un peu d'ambiance durant un souper ou simplement pour être écouter à n'importe quel moment.

Le disque conserve une certaine ambiance du début à la fin, sans toutefois que les chansons soient toujours du pareil au même.

Je recommande cet album sans hésitation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rémi Jacques on Feb. 9 2014
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
I love Patrick Waston and this album is very good but the print is not very impressive compared to new generation of vinyl disk. As example, the booklet is the size of the cd (not adapt to vinyl size) wich is a bit disapointing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophty on Oct. 16 2013
Format: LP Record
It's a shame that such great music has been squandered by such neglect.
Secret City Records claims on their website: "We like vinyl." But if that were true, they would have used a more professional company to press this record; one that would have made an effort to produce a quality product, rather than the third-rate first-run pressing I purchased.
The disc has never tracked correctly, and it had a scratch right out of the shrink-wrap!
Granted, I haven't seen/heard any others, so I can't judge the quality control. Perhaps there were better ones. Perhaps they're all this bad. At least I could download the .wav files. They sound much better than the LP, and I do love the music.
Another great offering from Patrick Watson, but a shameful waste of vinyl.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A subtle, little gem! May 13 2012
By sunder - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After spending nearly five years on the road promoting 2006's Close to Paradise and 2009's Polaris Music Prize-nominated Wooden Arms, Patrick Watson and his band retreated to the Montreal-based singer/songwriter's apartment to craft the appropriately titled "Adventures in Your Own Backyard". Spare, haunting, and emotionally charged, Watson's fourth outing feels a little voyeuristic, like walking in on a character in the midst of a moonlit soliloquy.
The lush chamber pop arrangements that have become his forte over the years are alive and well but respective of the austerity of the project, relegating themselves to the hallway, allowing standout cuts like "The Quiet Crowd", "Lighthouse", and the spooky Antony and the Johnsons-meets-Radiohead-inspired title track the room they need to find an emergency exit should the deal go bad.
Watson's angelic yet occasionally impenetrable voice, which sounds a lot like the aforementioned Antony Hegarty mixed with Appalachian folk legend John Jacob Niles, serves as the foundation for each of the 12 tracks, and his tendency to stretch syllables and bend vowels to his will, like the late Jeff Buckley, makes that voice feel less like a lyric delivery mechanism and more like an instrument.
In the end, it's the subtlety of "Adventures in Your Own Backyard" that will ultimately decide its fate.
The digital age has not been kind to the LP, especially one that requires such patience, but listeners willing to devote an hour -- rather than a rushed five-minute scan of the first 30 seconds of each cut -- to this unassuming little gem will likely want to revisit it again and again. J. C. Monger
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Long Live Watson! May 24 2012
By Matthew A. Hopper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Patrick Watson has been one of my very favorite artists for the last five years. I still can't believe that more people don't know about him. He is simply brilliant. Think Jeff Buckley meets Radiohead. I've traveled hundreds of miles to see him live, and I'll be seing three shows on his West Coast tour. I can't wait.

Now about this record specifically. I absolutely love this record. Watson and his band continue to evolve and write wonderful music. I'm a huge fan of his last two records ("Close to Paradise" and "Wooden Arms" -- check them out if you haven't!), and I'm already listening to this one over and over. The melodies are infectious. The layers and textures are deep and interesting. The production is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and buy this record.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BLEW ME AWAY!!! May 5 2012
By K. Y. Huang - Published on
Format: Audio CD
We went to Beacon to see Andrew Bird last night and Watson was the opening act, this guy just blew me away, I immediately got all three of his CD at $15 each at Beacon, and have non stop playing his music since...

This guy is crazy good, his sound is complex, atmospheric and new music I heard this year!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
On par with Wooden Arms April 5 2013
By Brian - Published on
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Patrick Watson delivered again with "Adventures..." I heard a live performance on NPR and immediately bought the album when I got home. The tone is a little darker, but the energy is high and the lyrics are deep. If you're a Watson fan, this won't disappoint you.
There's a myth that there is little really good music from new contemporary artists March 2 2015
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There's a myth that there is little really good music from new contemporary artists. This recording dispels that quite handily.
It is well written, performed and produced material which does not rely on technical trickery to generate and hold the listener's interest. Instead the use of 'old school' devices such as melodic themes interesting harmonization, good vocals, etc., provides enjoyable and engaging listening.
Well done Patrick Watson!

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