Doug Paisley – Constant Companion album review

He’s been called “Canada’s Paisley” – on October 12th, 2010, indie-folk singer-songwriter, Doug Paisley, breathed life into his second album, the charming, ‘Constant Companion.’ Paisley has a mellow tone to his voice and throughout the album, his vocals remain soft and sad yet saccharine. While his vocals foster some fulfilment, the album lacks variety. In that, it bores me. After a while, his simplistic lyrics and one-dimensional orchestration of instrument offer no satisfaction what-so-ever.

The first two songs, ‘No One But You’ and ‘What I Saw’, sound almost the exact same. No joke. The particularly beautiful ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ makes up for that though. This track features the perpetually talented Leslie Feist, who’s necessary for the creation of anything beautiful in this song. Paisley’s vocals on the track were perhaps influenced by Kid Rock’s in ‘Picture’ featuring Sheryl Crow, which may not be a necessarily bad thing but the parallel is apparent.

‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ was but an intermission, allotting time for the listeners to experience refreshing sound, because at the ‘End of the Day’ it’s the same old tune; however, there is some diversity offered in instrument and pace and there is even a female back-up singer accompanying certain lyrics.

Paisley’s voice juts from soft to some controlled ‘gruff’ in the beginning of ‘Always Say Goodbye’, then slowly fades into boring. Not a fan of the country-twang thing, either. Never a fan.

“O’heart, I’ve waited for these tears. I’ve felt fire but I could not draw near and so I shiver alone and terrified,” cries Paisley in his ode to his aching heart, cleverly entitled ‘O’Heart.’ Cruel? Possibly, but so was the subjection to this painfully generic song.

If you’re miserable, heart-broken, and want to do nothing more than wallow in music that only reinforces such anguish then you’re the perfect candidate for Doug Paisley’s ‘Constant Companion’. The only track worth a listen to is ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ and that’s mainly because it features the angelic voice of Feist. Every other song is basically an extensive, more melancholy, and softer version of ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’

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