Redemption's Son

Redemption's Son

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by Joseph Arthur
     
 

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Though time had passed since his Real World apprenticeship, the Peter Gabriel influence looms larger than ever on Joseph Arthur's third release. In particular, Redemption's Son achieves a sophisticated marriage of traditional songwriting craft and avant-garde production, a combination that guides Gabriel's best work as well. The singer/songwriter foundation isSee more details below

Overview

Though time had passed since his Real World apprenticeship, the Peter Gabriel influence looms larger than ever on Joseph Arthur's third release. In particular, Redemption's Son achieves a sophisticated marriage of traditional songwriting craft and avant-garde production, a combination that guides Gabriel's best work as well. The singer/songwriter foundation is clearer with Arthur, however; many of these tracks grow from a bedrock of acoustic guitar and vocals, with gauzy electronics shimmering across the surface rather than glistening within the fabric of the tune. Aside from a few inspired images, such as his admission that "I've been so happy being unhappy with you" in "Favorite Girl," Arthur's writing is steady and workmanlike; by giving prominent position to lines like "I wish I could follow you to the shore of freedom," from "Honey and the Moon," he tends to build in the verses toward slightly disappointing resolutions in the choruses. Even so, the sonic range achieved on these tracks, ranging from a filmy folk-rock evocation on "Dear Lord" to the collision of "Strawberry Fields" Mellotron and Duane Eddy twang on "I Would Rather Hide," suggests that Arthur may have even more promise as a producer than as an artist in years to come.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044006008820
catalogNumber:
060088

Tracks

  1. Redemption's Son  - Joseph Arthur
  2. Honey and the Moon  - Joseph Arthur
  3. Dear Lord  - Joseph Arthur
  4. I Would Rather Hide  - Joseph Arthur
  5. Innocent World  - Joseph Arthur
  6. September Baby  - Joseph Arthur
  7. Nation of Slaves  - Joseph Arthur
  8. Evidence  - Joseph Arthur
  9. Let's Embrace  - Joseph Arthur
  10. Termite Song  - Joseph Arthur
  11. Permission  - Joseph Arthur
  12. Favorite Girl  - Joseph Arthur
  13. You Are the Dark  - Joseph Arthur
  14. In the Night  - Joseph Arthur
  15. Blue Lips  - Joseph Arthur
  16. You've Been Loved  - Joseph Arthur

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joseph Arthur   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Fretless Bass Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Rene Lopez   Percussion
Ben Perowsky   Drums
Nadia Lanman   Cello
Ben Findlay   Background Vocals
Ged Lynch   Drums
Pat Sansone   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Dave Power   Drums
Greg Wiz   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Roger Moutenot   Producer,Engineer
Ben Findlay   Producer,Engineer
Joseph Arthur   Programming,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Artwork,Sculpture
Mike Napolitano   Producer,Engineer
Pat Sansone   Producer

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