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  • Summary: Due to trademark reasons, Canadian singer-songwriter Owen Pallett retired the Final Fantasy band name and returned to his own name for his latest release.
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  1. Some tracks on Heartland are like listening to hundreds of violins at once, with all the dynamic subtlety that description doesn’t entail. But when the album works, it’s majestic and impossibly rich.
  2. There are a lot of things about Heartland that feel like Pallett is presenting himself more and more fully as an artist; the scope of breadth and mood of it are all grander, more assured, making ever more of a case that the guy shouldn't be viewed as a side note (string arranger for the Arcade Fire, the Pet Shop Boys) or a minor interest.
  3. Nothing is hodgepodge about Heartland, and rather than an outlet for the former Final Fantasy's many cool ideas, Owen Pallett presents one outstanding, unified one: all of him at once.
  4. Heartland has a fine polish that feels as expansive as it is ornate.
  5. Heartland is nothing new and in no way groundbreaking. But no-one else combines such intricate classical styling and technology to such pop-savvy effect.
  6. Starting with offbeat rhythms and minor key vocals the album is not as accessible as "Has A Good Home" and less adventurous than "He Poos Clouds"--yet there’s something that draws you into Heartland.
  7. 40
    The whole sprawl of tooting loops, sawing violins and Pallett's unlovely operatic warbling feels gruelling and indigestible - prog stodge in a dashing post millennial disguise. [Feb 2010, p. 93]

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. TimB.
    Jan 13, 2010
    10
    An album that is immediately rewarding, what with Pallet's luminous and painstaking orchestrations, but also one that merits repeated An album that is immediately rewarding, what with Pallet's luminous and painstaking orchestrations, but also one that merits repeated listenings to dig into the crazy world that he's created. It contains some of the most beautiful, angry, and joyous music created in his solo career. Expand
  2. May 30, 2014
    10
    Heartland is a brilliant and beautiful testament to one man's agreement to contend with the forces of music in his life and make them work forHeartland is a brilliant and beautiful testament to one man's agreement to contend with the forces of music in his life and make them work for him. Though it may take some getting used to, the first 6 songs are beautifully crafted and lyric-ed odes to a fantasy world of Owen's own creative making, while from song 7, Lewis Takes Off His Shirt, to the end of the album, we have a stunningly moving and locomotive song cycle that takes listeners on one of the most amazing journeys, hearkening back to the days of the Beatles and early Stevie Wonder!! Expand
  3. UnclePants
    Jan 14, 2010
    10
    Fantastic. Pallett's best work yet. Expect this to be on every best of list in 12 months.
  4. EricN.
    Jan 19, 2010
    10
    Amazing stuff. 'He Poos Clouds' was darned good, but this is in a whole other stratosphere.
  5. LeahT.
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    Beautiful orchestration and well-crafted songs. Definitely refreshing and unique.
  6. LukeW.
    Jan 19, 2010
    9
    The disney-esque melodies combined with the electronic sounds remind me a bit of st. Vincent's work, but this particular album feels The disney-esque melodies combined with the electronic sounds remind me a bit of st. Vincent's work, but this particular album feels much more "classical" with the ever-present violin. interesting that with all the instruments floating around, somehow the music remains sparse throughout. Expand
  7. ClifC.
    Jan 14, 2010
    9
    This album totally surprised me by its greatness. I didn't know Owen Pallett at all, but I can already say that this is a MUST HAVE This album totally surprised me by its greatness. I didn't know Owen Pallett at all, but I can already say that this is a MUST HAVE album, and an artist to follow closely! Expand