This Cleveland-bred singer-songwriter got his first big break when longtime pal Zach Braff sneaked one of his tunes onto an episode of Scrubs. That showcase certainly didn't hurt him in terms of exposure, but as this full-length bow proves, Radin doesn't need to piggyback on anyone in order to put across his warm, evocative songs. Radin, an old-school storyteller in the manner of James Taylor and Paul Simon, doesn't often bother cloaking his songs in fancy arrangements, preferring to let the universality of tales like the breathy "Everything'll Be Alright (Will's Lullaby)" carry them into listeners' memory banks. On occasion -- most notably on the spangled "Closer" -- Radin does augment the spare piano/guitar instrumentation with strings, but not to the point where his intimate vocals get lost in the mix. Radin's voice, while not classically perfect, is a plaintive tenor that shades the margins of tracks like "Sundrenched World" in welcoming sepia tones. That sort of sense memory looms large over Radin's own compositions, as well as his eye-opening cover of the Yaz classic "Only You," which pares away the layers of electronics to reveal the bittersweet melody at the core. Radin gives his intention away with the title of We Were Here -- and, true to his word, he delivers an album that makes an indelible mark.
Performance CreditsJoshua Radin Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chad Fischer Piano
Oliver Kraus Cello
John Krovoza Cello
Solomon Snyder Bass
Colette Alexander Cello
Priscilla Hartranft Piano,Vocals
Chris Holmes Various
Technical CreditsVince Clarke Composer
Joshua Radin Composer
Chris Holmes Programming,Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Had the good fortune to catch him at "The Living Room" down in the East Village last Friday night. All I can say is that I truly believe he's going to hit massive. His lyrics and voice remind me of the perfect mix of Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Meyer, and the like. Glad I got to see him while it was still possible.
I've heard several of his songs through MySpace and his website (joshuaradin.com) His voice is amazing! He also does a duet with Schuyler Fisk (not on We Were Here)which has become one of my favorite songs!
Joshua Radin's , We Were Here, challenges modern folk artist to consider a whole new sound. His tracks contain both subtle melodies and whispering voices that are common within the genre, but modern sounds that have the capability to attract an entirely new audience. We Were Here is Joshua Radin's first album, and became the #1 bestselling folk album on iTunes when it was released in 2006. Radin's music became widely discovered thanks to close friend and actor Zach Braff. Braff heard Radin's single "Winter" and decided to use his music for the soundtrack of his movie The Last Kiss and continued to use Radin's music on the show "Scrubs." Since then Radin's has become a house hold name for "whisper rock" fans across the U.S. Much of the album is about a struggle of love. It begins with the song "Sundrenched World" about wanting to belong with someone who is caught up in their own world. The song is beautifully accompanied with strings in the background and a female harmony. The song "Star Mile" seems to give a piece of advice to men, saying "And if you burn the road, That'll lead you back to her in time, I watch you turn to stone, You can't find the sunlight." The first real upturn in the album is the song "Everything'll Be Alright (Will's Lullaby)" where Radin' seems to be trying to comfort himself and those who are around them, although he is unsure himself. This song leads right into one of the most upbeat songs on the album, "These Photographs." It is the kind of song you want to hear walking down the street on a sunny day, a very happy song. Then, for an emotional twist, the fifth track, "Closer", is about someone hiding their feelings. Radin is urging this person to cry and asks him or her to allow their true emotions to show. Unfortunately, the beauty of this song is lead into a less impressive song "Today". This track was my least favorite from the album, both lyrically and musically. The seventh track is the one that gained Radin his fame, "Winter". Musically, this is the best song, the male and female harmony is astoundingly beautiful and it is matched with heart twisting lyrics that everyone can relate to. The next two songs, "Someone Else's Life" and "Amy's Song," both are heartfelt songs depicting the battles and trials of love. All of this leading into my favorite song from the album, "What if You," the song about saying goodbye; ending the romances that the previous nine tracks had laid out. Truly a masterpiece! The final two songs are a cover song called "Only You," originally written by Vince Clark, and performed by the band Yazoo in the early 1980s. Radin's version includes chiming bells and soft lyrics, a modern take on the original. However, the final track is a remix of this song with Imogen Heap that plays with new sounds, echos, and stereo functions. Both versions are incredible. I would suggest this album to anyone that really appreciates indie rock/folk music. Especially fans of Damien Rice, The Weepies, or Jack Johnson.