Redemption's Sonby Joseph Arthur
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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Performance CreditsJoseph 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 CreditsTchad Blake Producer,Engineer
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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Joseph Arthur is capable of creating songs that are not just good, not just great, but are blissfully transcendent. Each album he has produced is beautiful, heartfelt poignant and original from beginning to end. But more importantly, each album contains at least 3 songs which fall under the category of absolute transcendent brilliance. On the new album, check out "Favorite Girl" "Nation of Slaves" and the gorgeous "You've Been Loved". These three songs alone, so beautifully crafted, were are all I needed to hear to confirm that there is no one else making music today that can touch his brilliance. And I'm about as particular as you can get.
Arthur's latest offering continues to expand upon his already brilliant catalog. No other "new" artist today is making music quite like this. While he falls under the radar of commercial radio...it makes one wonder if radio popularity is really the barometer of good music. Hard to categorize, yet unquestionably good...one could say psycheschizorockafolk... but categorizing would just belittle the beauty of this album. Check it out and you will NOT be dissapointed.
After hearing Come To Where I'm From, Joseph Arthur's last record, I knew I was listening to something special. I was worried his new album wouldn't live up to the greatness of the last record, but I have to say, it comes pretty close. The best songs on the album are "September Baby", "You've Been Loved", "Nations of Slaves" and "Blue Lips". This is an artist who deserves major success, although he will probably never become mainstream, thank goodness. This is a beautiful record that takes you onto a journey that is not to be forgotten.
I just recently discoverd Joseph Arthur and let me just say he is the most amazing singer-songwriter out their right now. I have never been so touched by any songwriter like him. I cry almost everytime I listen to his songs. Favourite Girl is such an amazing song. Same with the more fun loving song "Let's Embrace.I hope to see more of Joseph in the future. He might just save rock and roll.
Joseph Aurthur's music is just beautiful and meaningful. My Favorite song is "Honey and the Moon" because the lyrics are like a poem and the way he sings it is amazing. Anyone that has a heart will fall in love with Joseph and his music!