Wooden Arms

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Wooden Arms
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)
GenreDream pop, psychedelic folk
LabelSecret City
ProducerPatrick Watson
Patrick Watson chronology
Close to Paradise
Wooden Arms
Adventures in Your Own Backyard
Professional ratings
Review scores
Bande à part(8.6/10) [1]
NME(9/10) [2]
Pitchfork Media(3.3/10) [3]
The Guardian3/5 stars [4]
Wunderkammer(Mixed) [5]

Wooden Arms is the third album by Patrick Watson, released April 28, 2009 on Secret City Records.[6] The album's first single, "Tracy's Waters", was released on March 5 and the group performed a new song, "Beijing", on CBC Radio's Q radio show on April 6. "Fireweed" was also released as a single and a music video was filmed, which features both live action and animation.

The album was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, an award that Watson won in 2007 with the sophomore release, Close to Paradise.[7]

The song "Big Bird in a Small Cage" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for August 25, 2009.[8]

The song "Beijing" was inspired by the movie Being John Malkovich, and the idea of finding oneself in someone else's life in Beijing.[9]

The song "Summer Sleeps" (an iTunes and Vinyl bonus track) was used in the TV Show "Continuum" Season 1, episode 9.[10]


Guest musicians on the album include Lhasa de Sela, Katie Moore[11] and Jace Lasek.

Track listing[edit]

2."Tracy's Waters"3:47
4."Wooden Arms"3:08
6."Traveling Salesman"3:42
7."Big Bird in a Small Cage"4:03
8."Down at the Beach"5:18
9."Man Like You"4:11
10."Where the Wild Things Are"3:52
11."Machinery of the Heavens"7:26

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 22
Dutch Albums Chart 34
French Albums Chart 104


Country Certification
Canada (Music Canada) Gold[12]


  1. ^ Bande à part Review
  2. ^ NME Review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media Review
  4. ^ The Guardian Review
  5. ^ Wunderkammer Review
  6. ^ "Patrick Watson Announces New Album", Exclaim!, February 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "Fucked Up Win Polaris Prize". Clickmusic. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  8. ^ "Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Patrick Watson - Big Bird In A Small Cage". www.mark-heringer.com. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  9. ^ Beijing Songfacts
  10. ^ "Music from Continuum S1E09". Tunefind. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  11. ^ "Patrick Watson Tries To Woo Spike Jonze". chartattack.com, May 1, 2009.
  12. ^ "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-31.