Every so often, Chad VanGaalen emerges from his bunker in Calgary with a batch of songs, giving us a window into the the private world of this reclusive and enigmatic songwriter. With Diaper Island, VanGaalen distills his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive album to date – and the closest thing he has done to a rock album.
1 Do Not Fear
2 Peace on the Rise
3 Burning Photographs
4 Heavy Stones
6 Replace Me
7 Blonde Hash
8 Freedom for a Policeman
9 Can You Believe It!?
10 Wandering Spirits
11 No Panic / No Heat
12 Shave My Pussy
"women the world over will surely be swoonin’."
- THE HOUR (4/5)
"a fully focused (and fantastic) collection of tone-questing guitar rock, borne upon love songs, squealy jams and lighters-raised ballads."
like heaven with clouds"
- 20 Minutes
"a welcome showcase for VanGaalen’s seemingly limitless talent."
- Filter Magazine (86%)
"when you first get your hands on "Diaper Island", you'll find yourself wanting to listen to it over and over again without ever understanding why."
- Chart Magazine (4.5/5)
“Diaper Island is stripped-down and spacious — and the songs are damn near perfect. One of the best albums of 2011 so far”
- Uptown Magazine
"Chad VanGaalen is continuing to show that he is one of Canada’s most
talented musicians. His creativity is all but unmatched. So do yourself a
favour and take a trip through Diaper Island."
- Gray Owl Point
"incredible warmth, depth and beauty, and the musician’s most fully formed and rewarding offering to date."
- Calgary Herald
"a focused, cohesive album"
- Onion AV Club
“VanGaalen achieves a skewed brilliance, totally unique and irreplicable by anyone else.”
"the subdued beauty of “No panic/No heat”, “Peace on the Rise” and “Sara” reward the listener in delightful, unexpected ways."
"Hard to imagine any of his future albums beating this one, but it’s entirely possible, and all signs seem to point toward this inventive young producer/songwriter being on the rise."