Daily Download: "Giver," Patrick Watson

The heir to Jeff Buckley?

Published March 9, 2007 8:01AM (EST)

The influence of Jeff Buckley's forlorn and angelic voice can be heard in everyone from Radiohead to a band playing in your town tonight, but not many musicians have been able to follow Buckley's musical template with as much aplomb as Patrick Watson does on this track. The vocal influence is obvious, but Watson also gets at the grandiose arrangements that Buckley, a noted Led Zeppelin fan, was so fond of. "Giver" shows that this hirsute Montrealer, who's already big in his homeland, spent just as much time with Buckley's brasher music as he did with the choirboy beauties like "Hallelujah."

-- David Marchese

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