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World's Most Stressed Out Gardener

Chad VanGaalen

World's Most Stressed Out Gardener

Ninth album of spacey indie rock from the Calgary, Alberta multi-instrumentalist, producer, animator and director

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Sub Pop / Flemish Eye
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  1. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    VanGaalen with the creative handbrake off – a tour de force of all the things that make the Canadian singer-songwriter great, from the kaleidoscopic psychedelia of ‘Starlight’ to the hazy, laid back pop of the single ‘Samuari Sword’
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    His cartoonish appetite for invention remains intact
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Although it's tempting to wish for an entire album in the same style — the krautrock tunes are especially strong — that wouldn't be nearly as fun as this strange tour through VanGaalen's brain
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Feels like one of his least fussed-over releases. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener breathes, stares, and shovels through this universe one tangled root at a time
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s rare that an artist can so firmly plant you into his world the way that VanGaalen does here. The album feels like a genuine insight into his creative process and it is an absolute joy to behold
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  7. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    VanGaalen, like everyone else, is making the most of today’s mess
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  8. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    On World’s Most Stressed Out Gardner, Chad VanGaalen indulges his inner experimentalist more than on its more recent predecessors, albeit with the same giddy, goofball disposition we’re used to
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  9. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Holed up in his DIY inventor’s laboratory, VanGaalen delivers his most abrasive, unstable collection in years. Even this notorious Canadian recluse can't stop a little apocalyptic dread from creeping in
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    He sounds at ease in his ever-changing musical gambits
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    It can all be a bit much at times, but this all-in approach to creativity has been VanGaalen's M.O. from the start and his talent remains something to behold
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