11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Patrick Park is an old-school singer/songwriter. If he’d arrived in the '70s, he would’ve easily slotted alongside folks like Jackson Browne, Terence Boylan, Garland Jeffreys, JD Souther, and David Crosby. Success was as capricious then as it is now, except, in 2014, singer/songwriters are even less likely to have mega-hits. So folks like Park fight to find the middle ground between glamorous pop productions that give them an actual shot at radio and TV shows and the stripped-down presentations that nearly everyone who loves the genre prefers. Mixed and produced by Park and Dave Trumbfio (Wilco, Built to Spill), Love Like Swords features songs as great as any in Park’s ever-growing catalog (“My Holding Hand Is Empty,” “Down in the Blackness”), with productions that attempt a modern edge where the melodies are emphasized with novel vocal effects and moody atmospherics. It isn’t quite Daniel Lanois hosting Bob Dylan, but it’s a valiant effort to give a smart songwriter a chance to be heard above the din.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Patrick Park is an old-school singer/songwriter. If he’d arrived in the '70s, he would’ve easily slotted alongside folks like Jackson Browne, Terence Boylan, Garland Jeffreys, JD Souther, and David Crosby. Success was as capricious then as it is now, except, in 2014, singer/songwriters are even less likely to have mega-hits. So folks like Park fight to find the middle ground between glamorous pop productions that give them an actual shot at radio and TV shows and the stripped-down presentations that nearly everyone who loves the genre prefers. Mixed and produced by Park and Dave Trumbfio (Wilco, Built to Spill), Love Like Swords features songs as great as any in Park’s ever-growing catalog (“My Holding Hand Is Empty,” “Down in the Blackness”), with productions that attempt a modern edge where the melodies are emphasized with novel vocal effects and moody atmospherics. It isn’t quite Daniel Lanois hosting Bob Dylan, but it’s a valiant effort to give a smart songwriter a chance to be heard above the din.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Vexerrrrrr ,

A True Musician

A beautiful songwriter who continues to stay true to himself.

Carfarrr ,

Amazing

His albums never disappoint. Patrick is a true artist, his music is beautiful.

DBCinCA ,

Next step in Patrick Park

I’m enjoying this album. It’s a small step away from his prior albums, a bit more produced, a bit more percussive, and I like the changes. Same great voice, melodies. If you liked his prior albums get this one too, and if you’re considering your first Patrick Park album this is as good a starting point as any. (The only reason I didn’t go for five stars is that… well, I rarely do. I save that extra star for something truly rare).

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