Owen Pallett - Heartland (4 stars)

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Owen Pallett - Heartland

(Domino)

Torontonian boy-wonder Owen Pallett – formerly revered as Final Fantasy – is a violin alchemist, electronic illusionist, orchestral commander and indie librettist whose loop-ensorcelled, string-drawn pop has lured us since 2004.

He’s famously worked with the Arcade Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets and the Pet Shop Boys, but on Heartland – his musically dense, lyrically complex and generally epic third treatise – Pallett’s deceptively modest croons gradually acquiesce the Broadway flair of Rodgers and Hammerstein (via Sufjan Stevens), the fantasy narratives of Kate Bush, and even the rock operatics of Queen. Let him in. Give him time. He will rock you.

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