Come to Where I'm From

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The rock landscape is populated by several endangered species, few of which hang on more tenaciously than the power-pop eccentric. Joseph Arthur fits into that subgenre rather well, nodding to solitary artists as varied as Todd Rundgren and World Party mainman Karl Wallinger as he crafts his own singular specimen of studio-intensive cerebro-rock. Arthur's second solo album, COME TO WHERE I'M FROM finds him at an often fascinating crossroads, where his knack for pure melodies that transcend pigeonholes of time and space intersects with a decidedly post-modern take on what to wrap 'em in. Arthur never comes across as being clever for the sake of being clever, though: The...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The rock landscape is populated by several endangered species, few of which hang on more tenaciously than the power-pop eccentric. Joseph Arthur fits into that subgenre rather well, nodding to solitary artists as varied as Todd Rundgren and World Party mainman Karl Wallinger as he crafts his own singular specimen of studio-intensive cerebro-rock. Arthur's second solo album, COME TO WHERE I'M FROM finds him at an often fascinating crossroads, where his knack for pure melodies that transcend pigeonholes of time and space intersects with a decidedly post-modern take on what to wrap 'em in. Arthur never comes across as being clever for the sake of being clever, though: The mind games he engages in on, say, "Creation of a Stain" and "Cockroach" are every bit as enjoyable to take part in as those led by kindred spirit Beck. On the other hand, Arthur is able to put the capriciousness on hold to deliver an unprepossessing pop ditty like "Ashes Everywhere," which looks at love and loss from a perspective anyone who ever had a heart could understand. File under: ear candy that also serves as brain food.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
With Come to Where I'm From, Joseph Arthur shows a willingness to ease up on the stifling angst that dominated his previous efforts. To be sure, the album still has more than its share of gut-wrenching misery -- there's no shortage of lines like "I feel like taking a razor blade and on my wrist write an invitation" -- but this time out, the anguish is balanced by healthy doses of self-awareness and a winking sense of humor. "Ashes Everywhere," a wistful guitar and harmonica breakup ballad, induces intentional chuckles with its meandering, dopey melody and lines like "I'm just trying to be all that I can be without destroying you or joining the army." In the ferocious and whimsical rap "Creation or a Stain" -- a strange sort of crossbreed of Beck, the Beastie Boys and OMC -- Arthur whines about "a guy in my head" and says, "I've come back from the dead so anything can happen/ I'm obsessed with tragic endings standing out like Eric Clapton." In addition to the somewhat lighter tone, Come to Where I'm From exhibits a more polished and accessible sound, without sacrificing the adventurous spirit that has been Arthur's greatest asset. Arthur undoubtedly benefited greatly from the shrewd ear of veteran producer T-Bone Burnett, a master of art-folk melancholy whose resumé includes records by the Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, and Sam Phillips. Burnett's input seems to have had the effect of honing Arthur's untamed talent. The melodies are tighter and catchier, demonstrating more restraint without seeming constrained. The U2-influenced "Chemical" has the sound of an alternative-radio hit. Arthur, who once described his music as "someone trying to heal over experimental folk-rock," is clearly still hurting. But somehow it seems significant that he's now able to sing, "I'm trying to enjoy the pain."
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Come to Where I’m From is as tastefully ravaged as it’s lyrics, a scorched landscape of murky atmospherics, unshaven guitars, and - surprise - delicately affecting melodies.

Come to Where I’m From is as tastefully ravaged as it’s lyrics, a scorched landscape of murky atmospherics, unshaven guitars, and - surprise - delicately affecting melodies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384898229
  • Catalog Number: 48982
  • Sales rank: 82,772

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Sun (5:36)
  2. 2 Ashes Everywhere (4:51)
  3. 3 Chemical (4:11)
  4. 4 History (5:40)
  5. 5 Invisible Hands (5:14)
  6. 6 Cockroach (3:02)
  7. 7 Exhausted (4:46)
  8. 8 Eyes on My Back (4:03)
  9. 9 Tattoo (4:10)
  10. 10 The Real You (5:27)
  11. 11 Creation or a Stain (4:34)
  12. 12 Speed of Light (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joseph Arthur Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Siren Background Vocals
Lovehammers Synthesizer
Luvclaw Acoustic Guitar
Nightime Drums
Queenchina Cello
Yodaclaus Piano
Darkstar Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
T Bone Burnett Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Rick "Soldier" Will Producer, Engineer
Ben Findlay Engineer
Joseph Arthur Producer, Art Direction, Paintings, Drawing
Eugene Contributor
Zachary Larner Art Direction
Lovehammers Explosions
Luvclaw Programming, Contributor
Rick Will Engineer
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