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Doug Paisley 

Wednesday, Sep 23 2009

Canadian troubadour Doug Paisley settles into his lonesome voice as if it were a pair of worn leather boots, sounding more like an old hand than a relative upstart at the singer-songwriter game. On his self-titled debut, quivering keyboards and pedal steel mix up the bare-cupboard country palette, as do Simone Schmidt's chilling backing vocals. Paisley remains quietly assured, doling out empathic lyrics by the sheaf ("The tears in your eyes are just clouds passing by") in his understated way. Through it all, he surveys the workings of the heart with a steady eye.

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