New Music Canada Track of the Day for November 24th, 2006: Patrick Watson “Luscious Life”
Posted by Lisa Christiansen on Nov 24, 2006
There are a few musical artists that live in the netherworld of “sounds like”, i.e. “Hey, this band sounds like: The Pixies, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, the Stones.” In the singer/songwriter realm it’s Jeff Buckley that gets the most comparisons, I’d say.
The late-great California-born singer with the falsetto of an angel left only one musical release, but a lasting legacy of admirers…and possible heirs. I have to say that most of the time I disagree with comparisons to this artists. Maybe the artist being compared can reach those dizzy heights vocally, but misses out on the wounded sexiness that was Buckley’s trademark.
So it was with apprehension that I first listened to Montreal’s Patrick Watson who lists him as an influence. But for once it fit. This isn’t straight up imitation to anything. Watson has his own take on music with a band that creates full songs that are pop sweet and complex. Buckley was really a folk artist with a rock band. But Patrick Watson is inside his own world… but then again – he too was born in California.
From his latest release Close to Paradise, this is “Luscious Life”.