1. Past Poisons
2. Saint With A Fever
3. You’re Smile’s A Drug
4. Nothing’s Lost
5. Honest Skrew
6. Life Is A Song
7. Take It Back
8. Silver Girl
9. Stay With Me Tomorrow
10. Everyone’s In Everyone
11. Bullets By The Door
Patrick Park releases a live album to hold us over until his sophomore album will be released. With a great mix of old and new songs he shows us the entertainer he is. Great, soulful performances of his honest and personal songs. Patrick Park IS his music and the music IS Patrick Park. This man was born a singer/songwriter/performer.
Mondays In Spaceland starts with an outstanding live rendition of Past Poisons, the alternative bluesy folk/rock song that originates from Loneliness Knows My Name. Patrick brings this song to life with his passionate vocals, giving the song just what it needs to shine.
Patrick then continues with a little darker song, Saint With A Fever, which flawlessly follows Past Poisons. This is a brilliant song, the likes of which we rarely see in modern-day music. Patrick Park gives everything in this song and brings it to you in full galore.
Next is the catchy Your Smile’s A Drug. Already one of the key tracks on Patrick Park’s debut album, it also turns out to be a great live track. A great sing-along with remarkable potential. Performed to near perfection.
Nothing’s Lost is the next song on the album. It takes us away to a better place. The great guitar and vocal work bring out the best of the song.
The live version of Honest Skrew, although beautiful, is not that different from the album version. It’s a remarkably clever and well-performed song, but I kind of miss the extra dimension a song can have live.
The OC hit song Life Is A Song sounds even better live than it does as a studio recording. There’s even more passion and conviction in the vocals and without the smooth production of an album track this really comes to life. It’s the extra dimension I was speaking of.
Take It Back is a previously unreleased song. So we should all be glad we at least have this live version. It is one of Patrick’s strongest tracks. Passionate and emotional, raw and pure. Like Dan Fogelberg or Johnny Cash in their best days. Fabulous.
When listening to Silver Girl I kind of feel the same as when I was listening to Honest Skrew, though slightly less. The live version is very true to the album version, though there’s a little part in it where Patrick almost seems to get emotional. This makes it more real to me. It shows the actual emotion in the music.
The outstanding song Stay With Me Tomorrow is the next song Patrick performs. He performs it like Dylan in his early days. I can not get enough of this song and especially this live recording. Patrick makes it sound simple, but I promise you that it is in no way simple. Except for simply beautiful.
Everyone’s In Everyone is the title of the next track. The lyrics of the song bring us the message that no matter who or what we are, we are all the same, we’re all people. Lyrics that could’ve sprung from the genius mind of Lennon himself. And the song does remind of Lennon’s solo work, even though Patrick’s vocals sound different. But I think St. John would have been proud of Patrick had he heard Everyone’s In Everyone.
Unfortunately this album has to end. Way too soon if you ask me. The album closer is Bullets By The Door. This song also originates from the Loneliness album. Amazing guitar and a good pick to end the set with. “To anyone who knows what’s in hearts and what’s in bones”. Well, after listening to this, it most definitely is Bullets By The Door.
With “Mondays In Spaceland”, Patrick Park shows that, apart from a very gifted singer/songwriter, he is also a great performer, an underrated guitarist and a passionate vocalist. Hopefully this is not the last live album the man releases, because it was a feast to the ears from start to finish.