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The Closer I Get

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Album Review

The Closer I Get is quite similar to Hayden's debut, Everything I Long For, in almost every sense. Its hushed, spare arrangements, largely built around acoustic guitars, will be familiar to anyone who heard the first record, as will his declarative vocals and simple prose. Even if The Closer I Get is simply more of the same, Hayden does his lo-fi folk quite well, and there are a number of songs here that come close to equaling the best moments from the debut. It should satisfy fans, but its melodic sameness may prevent it from finding a wider audience.

Customer Reviews

it's good

i still have my copy from ten years ago but you should buy this now that it is available again. The only problem is for some reason Track 13 ( "I'll Tell Him Tonight") is missing from this itunes re-release... but it's still worth it.

Amazing album

Hayden is one of my favorite musicians of all time. This album, along with Everything I Long For and Moving Careful, are my favorites. Memphis is especially beautiful. Two Doors is poetry. Excellent, excellent album.

This album is fantastic...

I've been listening to Hayden for over a decade and I have yet to be disappointed. This album has always been one of my favorites.


Born: 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Toronto's Hayden Desser spent the bulk of two decades creating uniquely affecting music through a combination of rock and folk flourishes, personal sentiments, and a voice that channeled both the falsetto highs of Neil Young and the wavering raspy low tones of Leonard Cohen. The critically acclaimed musician first appeared in the early '90s, armed with only a four-track tape recorder like his heroes in Sebadoh and Pavement. Coupling his unnaturally low range with an extremely detuned guitar, Hayden...
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