Temporary People

Temporary People

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by Joseph Arthur
     
 

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Temporary People is one of the most anticipated albums of Joseph Arthur's career (first place going to his debut, Big City Secrets). Capping over a year of release activity, with no less than four EPs leading up to his full-length for 2008, the LP seems fit to function as a cap on Arthur's continuing development as a songwriter (as well as the ongoingSee more details below

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Temporary People is one of the most anticipated albums of Joseph Arthur's career (first place going to his debut, Big City Secrets). Capping over a year of release activity, with no less than four EPs leading up to his full-length for 2008, the LP seems fit to function as a cap on Arthur's continuing development as a songwriter (as well as the ongoing cohesion of his band, the Lonely Astronauts). Right from the opening title track, Arthur's songwriting shows refreshing vigor given all the activity. Arthur and his band are just as endearingly ramshackle as ever, quickly taking their place as one of the best alternative bands since the Replacements at sounding ragged and delightfully off the rails (especially so ever since Wilco became such willful perfectionists). Blistering rockers ("Sunrise Dolls") sit well next to heartbroken ballads ("Say Goodbye"), and the band's roller-coastering aesthetic is perfectly suited for Arthur's rambling, half-coherent delivery. If nothing here is as immediate as the highlights of Let's Just Be, the songs grow into an effortless blend of contemporary singer/songwriter quality and retro bar band flair. (More than even the recent EPs, Temporary People displays the Lonely Astronauts becoming one of the best backing bands in the business, a worthy complement to the heart-on-his-sleeve emphasis of Arthur's songwriting.) Not all of Arthur's lines scan perfectly, though; one head-scratcher comes from "Say Goodbye" -- "The letter you left me was laced with your perfume/Like a butterfly tryin' to fly back into her cocoon." If fans are expecting Temporary People to be a giant leap following a four-EP run down the track, they might be disappointed. Temporary People is simply another ragged-but-right release from one of contemporary alternative's most natural-sounding bands.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Lonely Astronaut
UPC:
0020286124023
catalogNumber:
8
Rank:
213826

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joseph Arthur   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Piano,Guest Appearance
Brian Geltner   Percussion,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kenny Siegal   Dobro,Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jennifer Turner   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Greg Wieczorek   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Kraig Jarret Johnson   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jena Kraus   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nina Violet   Strings,Guest Appearance
Cerise Leang   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Siryl Buck   Bass,Background Vocals
Sibyl Buck   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Fred Kevorkian   Mastering
Kenny Siegal   Producer,Engineer
Joseph Arthur   Composer,Engineer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Jennifer Turner   Composer
Greg Wieczorek   Composer
Kraig Jarret Johnson   Composer
Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts   Producer

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