CD Skyscraper National Park [Hayden] [709363698328] (CD 857971),
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Skyscraper National Park [Hayden] [709363698328]

  • 1. Street Car
    2. Dynamite Walls
    3. Steps to Miles
    4. I Should Have Been Watching You
    5. Long Way Down
    6. Tea Pad
    7. All in One Move
    8. Bass Song
    9. Carried Away
    10. Looking for You in Me
    11. Lullaby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 983

  • Credits

    Touted early on as a Canadian counterpart to Beck, singer-songwriter Hayden (aka Paul Hayden Desser) found himself without a label after a few promising outings for the majors. Initially self-issued in very limited numbers, SKYSCRAPER NATIONAL PARK garnered significant indie buzz, and for good reason--the album, which was eventually released in the U.S in 2002, is a meditative, folk-influenced masterpiece marked by Hayden's wistful vocals and chiming guitar lines (see the subtly expansive "Dynamite Walls"). Although it seemed as if Hayden would be unable to match this underrated low-key triumph, he did exactly that on his equally impressive `04 follow-up, ELK-LAKE SERENADE.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #62 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"
    Magnet (6-7/02, p.92) - "...Reserve SKYSCRAPER a space on your 2002 top-10 list."
    CMJ (3/11/02, p.5) - "...11 tracks of hope, heartbreak and melancholic macabre....a Neil Young-influenced falsetto...create[s] a number of melodically gorgeous tracks..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (12/02, p.114) - "...Utterly delectable....Everything about this record - musicianship, songcraft, lyrics - is superior..."
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