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Adventures In Your Own Back Yard

Patrick Watson

Adventures In Your Own Back Yard

Fourth album of cabaret pop / indie rock from the Montreal band recorded in Watson's own apartment

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Domino
UK Release date
30/04/2012
US Release date
01/05/2012
  1. 9.0 |   BBC

    Perfectly poised, charmingly understated chamber pop
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Ambitious without feeling overblown, intimate without falling to sentimentality and subtly, delicately compelling
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Confidently ambitious chamber pop. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   State

    It’s definitely not an easy album to get to grips with, but time spent in its company will be handsomely rewarded
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Refined and frequently sublime indie/chamber pop crossovers. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Confirms the instrumental skill of its members as well as their ability to craft evocative, genre-transcending musi
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  7. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Watson has established himself further as a confident artist who manages to create subtly bewitching worlds which don’t take you too far from the moment
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  8. 7.0 |   DIY

    A wonderfully simple, elegantly performed album that puts the importance of texture into perspective
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  9. 7.0 |   Spin

    Creepy or comforting? Montrealer's taut, eerie chamber folk inspires delicious unease
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  10. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The entire album has such a beautiful richness to it that it’s mind-boggling to discover that it was all recorded in the singer’s Montreal apartment
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    An accomplished album, one which makes the most out of not over-complicating things. And in doing so, it allows you to sit back and immerse yourself in its gloriously ethereal soundscape
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Mortality features heavily, and the choir-stroked Words in the Fire is darkly lovely, but the album doesn't land enough killer blows
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Four albums in, it remains difficult to know how to react to Patrick Watson, the person and his eponymous band. As with Andrew Bird, Antony and the Johnsons still loom large over proceedings
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The sings are rarely more than threads of querulous melody and floaty notions. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    Patrick Watson’s latest is a group displaying a lightness of touch that must be revered – if only the songs were up to scratch, then we’d really have something special on our hands
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  16. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Is hardly going to disappoint long-time fans, and may even rightfully earn Patrick Watson some new ones
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  17. 6.0 |   The Fly

    Combining moments of instrumental grandeur with sections so stripped-back they verge on silence, Watson delivers the perfect summer evening soundtrack
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  18. 5.0 |   Prefix

    It takes Watson’s style in no new directions, preferring instead to bask in its own childlike exuberance and to demonstrate all the trappings of ambition but little in the way of earning it
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