SKYSCRAPER NATIONAL PARK

KIERAN GRANT

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SKYSCRAPER NATIONAL PARK
Hayden
(Hardwood/Universal)

However conspicuous Hayden Desser's absence, dropping from sight after the 1998 album The Closer I Get has proven a wise move for the low-octane Toronto songsmith. Lifted from the apparent bout of writer's block that dampened the impact of that major label debut, he's relocated his mumbly muse on new disc Skyscraper National Park. A handful of pals drop by to colour in Hayden's acoustic line-drawings with piano, strings and horns, while significantly upping the melody dosage. His listless growl is replaced in most places by a fractured falsetto, used to surprisingly jaunty effect on the pocket-Bacharach bits All In One Move, Bass Song, and veritable singalong Looking For You In Me. Dynamite Walls, Hayden's answer to a driving song, is evocative in its complete steadiness.

Clearly, the expression "don't overdo" wasn't lost on the guy. And, while this compliment may fall under the "best dressed man in Saskatoon" heading, it's his best work yet.

Track Listing 1. Streetcar
2. Dynamite Walls
3. Steps Into Miles
4. I Should Have Been Watching You
5. Long Way Down
6. Tea Pad [Instrumental]
7. All In One Move
8. Bass Song
9. Carried Away
10. Looking For You In Me
11. Lullaby

 


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