Wooden Arms

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The spontaneous sounding arrangements--topped by Watson's uniquely mercurial voice--are at turns ornate, grand and subtle, but never less than totally bewitching.
  2. Wooden Arms, on the other hand, bears the sound of something far more collaborative and just that little bit more complete. Our refound love for musical vanguards should therefore also extend to Patrick Watson.
  3. 80
    More ambitious than on past efforts, Watson slips through quiet night spaces, and like Sendak's Max, puts on his wolf suit, making mischief of one kind, then another, until Wooden Arms flares with his vibrant energy.
  4. The songs certainly stand on their own, but Watson makes them sound incredible.
  5. Filter
    68
    It's Watson's voice we're missing most from the overwhelming instrumentation, and after hearing the Buckley-esque transcendence that his vocals are capable of, it's more than disappointing to hear them take second chair. [Spring 2009, p.106]
  6. Less immediate than its predecessor, Wooden Arms takes several plays before the haunting melodies and more obtuse textures draw you in.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    Tellingly, they're at their most beguiling when taking chances. [Jun 2009, p.134]
  8. Uncut
    60
    He's lost his way a little bit here. [Jun 2009, p.109]
  9. Patrick Watson doesn't do foundation work exceedingly well. Yet this is not to say that there aren't moments on Wooden that suggest songcraft was the foremost urge.

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