Simple Times

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
2008 was a banner year for the Hotel Café, whose popularity soared as songwriters like Priscilla Ahn, Meiko, and Ingrid Michaelson -- three artists who routinely graced the Hollywood venue's stage -- all released fine albums. The Café's female alumni hit the road in late 2008 as part of the Hotel Café Tour, allowing Joshua Radin the chance to release his own record during the lull. Simple Times is the songwriter's second album, building on the hushed guitar 'n' vocals combo that helped push his debut effort, 2006's We Were Here, onto the soundtracks of several television shows. His craft has improved since then -- after all, We Were Here featured his earliest attempts at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
2008 was a banner year for the Hotel Café, whose popularity soared as songwriters like Priscilla Ahn, Meiko, and Ingrid Michaelson -- three artists who routinely graced the Hollywood venue's stage -- all released fine albums. The Café's female alumni hit the road in late 2008 as part of the Hotel Café Tour, allowing Joshua Radin the chance to release his own record during the lull. Simple Times is the songwriter's second album, building on the hushed guitar 'n' vocals combo that helped push his debut effort, 2006's We Were Here, onto the soundtracks of several television shows. His craft has improved since then -- after all, We Were Here featured his earliest attempts at songwriting, appearing only two years after his decision to give music a shot -- but Radin still struggles with the balance between mood and melody. Simple Times is a warm, easygoing album geared for Sunday afternoons and Monday mornings; even so, its most interesting moments only occur when Radin invites somebody else into the vocal booth. Meiko lends her voice to "Sky," the album's most memorable pop song, while the up-and-coming songbird Erin McCarley harmonizes throughout "They Bring Me to You." Radin could use the musical input of those two artists, yet he relegates their role to that of a background vocalist, forcing them to sing major thirds over melodies that, frankly, pale in comparison to the girls' own material. The presence of Patty Griffin during "You Got Growing Up to Do" shows that Radin's potential may be evident to more veteran songwriters, too, but it's nevertheless muddled on this record, which offers a pleasant listen but fails to pack the melodic wallop of Radin's Hotel Café peers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Mom & Pop Music
  • UPC: 858275001037
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 15,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One of Those Days (3:02)
  2. 2 I'd Rather Be with You (2:49)
  3. 3 Sky - Meiko (3:24)
  4. 4 Friend Like You (2:20)
  5. 5 Brand New Day (3:31)
  6. 6 They Bring Me to You - Erin McCarley (3:58)
  7. 7 Vegetable Car (3:01)
  8. 8 Free of Me (2:35)
  9. 9 You Got Growin' Up to Do (2:51)
  10. 10 We Are Okay (2:41)
  11. 11 No Envy, No Fear (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Radin Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Greg Leisz Guitar, Mandolin
Rob Schnapf Guitar
Joey Waronker Drums
Oliver Kraus Strings, Cello
Jonathan Flaugher Bass
Jason Borger Piano, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Danny Levine Brass
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos Guitar
Technical Credits
Rob Schnapf Producer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Autumn de Wilde Cover Photo
Alexa Wilkinson Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give it a chance...

    Good chill music! Honestly, the first time I listend to Simple Times, I wasn't really into it. It is one of those albums you have to give it time to grow on you. The more I listened the more I liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    The songs really grow on you.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    one of my favorites

    I am a huge Joshua Radin fan! This album was played in Barnes & Noble and I fell in love with it and bought it. I listen to it all the time! He is an incredibly talented singer/song writer. I've had the pleasure of seeing him live and he is PHENOMENAL live! One of the best cds ever, i highly recommend it! Every song on this album is packed with great lyrics and great music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    I was first introduced to Joshua Radin on Scrubs. He's become one of my favorite artists. I have his CD's on in my car radio most of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Road Trip Music

    This CD is the perfect complement to a lazy day at home or a long road trip. The songs are completely relaxing and always manage to brighten up my day. Joshua Radin's voice is soothing and the bad day I have had just seems to disappear. Definitely buy this CD, you won't be sorry!

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