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Paul Watson and Jonathan Vassar at Globehopper 

Thursday, Sept. 18. 7 p.m.

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Laura Sileras

Paul Watson

My vote for album of the year is “My Secret Effect” by Paul Watson. Why? The goose bumps don’t lie, and this one gives ’em to me every time I even think about hearing it. The first solo album by longtime Richmond musician and former member of the Orthotonics, Sparklehorse, Cracker and others is a pop masterpiece. From the first time I put it on, I was entranced and that all-consuming sense of awe hasn’t abated through dozens of listens. From the striking, subdued beauty of “Yours” to the Lou Reed-esque rock ’n’ roll romp of “These Words,” this is a special collection of songs that satisfy individually but carry the most potency when heard as a whole. Paul Watson brings his twilight sounds to Glopehopper on Thursday, Sept. 18. Jonathan Vassar opens. The music starts at 7 p.m. Free. globehoppercoffee.com.
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