PA­TRICK WAT­SON Love Songs for Ro­bots

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

For his fifth al­bum, Pa­trick Wat­son ex­plores hu­man emo­tion. The Canadian mu­si­cian has dab­bled in orches­tral in­diepop with huge suc­cess in the past, but th­ese sub­tly elec­tronic songs are less in­stantly grat­i­fy­ing. The ti­tle is sig­nif­i­cant; although the slinky elec­tro-lounge of the ti­tle track and the late-night James Blake/James Vin­cent McMor­row-like at­mo­spher­ics of

Bol­ly­wood and In Cir­cles are un­doubt­edly af­fect­ing, their emo­tion takes some ex­ca­vat­ing. De­spite the of­ten aus­tere sound­track, songs like the acous­tic gui­tar-led Hearts and ’70s AOR-ref­er­enc­ing Grace are warmer and sub­se­quently eas­ier to fall into step with. As Wat­son and his band cir­cuitously dredge the topic of love, at­ten­tion be­gins to wan­der – but there is heart to th­ese songs, if you stick around long enough to un­cover it.

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