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Come to Where I'm From

Joseph ArthurAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Joseph Arthur (Akron, OH, 1971) had already been writing songs and playing music as a child. At the tender age of 16 he was the bass player for Frankie Starr and the Chill Factor which broke up in 1990, but fate was kind to Arthur a few years later when while working in a guitar shop in Georgia he was discovered by none other than Peter Gabriel.
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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00004RDTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Sun
2. Ashes Everywhere
3. Chemical
4. History
5. Invisible Hands
6. Cockroach
7. Exhausted
8. Eyes On My Back
9. Tattoo
10. The Real You
11. Creation Or A Stain
12. Speed Of Light

Editorial Reviews

The music of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur owes a lot to both country folk-rock outsider Joe Henry and the late Jeff Buckley. Combining the whimsical studio experimentation of the former and the blistering emotion of the latter, Arthur's Come to Where I'm From may confuse on first listen but engrosses with each successive spin. He is able to stretch out his voice into moody, ominous tones, or let it soar out over indigenously tinged oceans of sound ("Invisible Hands" and "Ashes Everywhere" demonstrate his two extremes). The strongest cut, "Tattoo," is the most telling; in the hands of someone with a penchant for high melodrama, this gorgeous gem easily could have fallen like a lead balloon. Arthur instead weaves his voice around the churning acoustic guitar and waltzing bass line to achieve a slice of transcendent bliss. --Jason Josephes

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
try this beautiful album. Arthur has never seemed to pay attention to musical trends; he doesn't write catchy jingles; he's not buffed; he doesn't sport any cool tattoos. At least none that I've seen. What he does do is create some of the most powerful, haunting songs I've heard. If he lives long enough, I think people will sling his name around with people like Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, and Ben Harper. This album puts JA in that league. (Don't trust the audio samples on the page here-- they sound awful).
I caught his live show in LA last week, which confirmed my impression: there's nothing fluffy about Arthur, nothing impressive but the music (and his art, esp. his painted guitars), and the music is all that matters.
This is a gorgeous album, up there with Jeff Buckley's Grace and the Flaming Lips the Soft Bulletin.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD very special. It doesn't sit in within the alphabetical section; rather it sits on top -- close to my CD player.
I refuse to say an album/band is an all-time favorite. Too much depends upon one's mood, but if *did* you ask me; this album would have to cross my mind.
I first heard of Joseph Arthur on an NPR interview -- simply an unexpected surprise. The bits from the release were teasingly short. In the interview, much was discussed on the live show, something I've yet to see, but looked forward to with great interest. Damage was done - I ordered the CD.
The full spectrum of human emotion is explored on "Come to Where I'm From". Fall seems so appropriate background to this. Complete with angst, with wit and a sense that something better is within our grasp. This isn't Joseph Arthur baring his soul; this is a mirror to yours. This freezes your attention - holds you. How do you feel when someone touches you in way that makes you feel vulnerable? This is Poetry in every sense.
The lyrics alone would stand alone as poetry of the highest order, except when it's so well match by the music and melody. I'd walk you through the tracks, but it would take away from the beauty of it. You'll find your favorites on this release - I defy you to listen to this CD more than once without feeling something new.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was amazed by this CD April 17, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard Joseph Arthur on a college station, it was a live, acoustic version of In the Sun. I thought to myself, "what a beautiful song... there's someone who truly understands." Later on I heard History and Exausted from the same live performance, and that's when I knew I had found a true treasure. Every once in awhile I hear a song that touches me so deep, reflects my deepest, darkest feelings so perfectly that while listening, I feel better simply because someone else knows... understands. The thing about this CD is that it is full of those types of songs. I would suggest this CD to anyone who has trouble understanding why they feel so terribly bad sometimes, it may offer some insight. The only reason I do not give this CD 5 stars is because I prefer the stripped down acoustic versions as opposed to the strange mix of sounds that accompany the lyrics on this CD, although once I had gotten past the inital listening phase the music does complement the lyrics of each song, and I may be biased because I heard the live, acoustic versions first. But all in all, an outstanding CD... I can't really compare it to anything, except to say that his insightful, introspective lyrics put him up there with the best of the mope genre. Highly recomended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie pop of the highest order May 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Joseph Arthur doesn't fit in a box. He has his own, changing constantly, freeing himself all over again.
Some call him a singer songwriter, some indie, others plain artist (he often does his own cover and booklet art).
Whatever you decide to call him, he is an extremely talented musician. Beautiful melodies, haunting lyrics.
Rest assured, once you've opened up to his music it doesn't let go. I bought his first album Big City Secrets back in 1996 and have been a fan since. Every new album is a surprise (thank God he found a record company who allows him the freedom). What is he doing this time, what has he come up with, who is he working with?
On this album amongst others: T Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, Ben Findley. Twelve great songs by Joseph Arthur.
And if you have the chance to see him live, take it. Just don't expect to hear the songs the way they are on the album. Joseph will most definitely surprise you once again.
A true musician with all his heart and every cell in his body.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive! May 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Is there a 12 step program to help me kick the Joseph Arthur habit? "Come to Where I'm From" is quickly becoming one of those CD's that takes over my life. I wasn't convinced after the first listen that Arthur was anything special. Then one by one, each song started to get under my skin. Now I'm finding it difficult to listen to anything else. And forget leaving the house without this! Even the short ride to work becomes an adventure with this in the CD player. "Come to Where I'm From" has everything I'm looking for in music; intelligent, clever lyrics, unusual instrumentation and sounds,haunting melodies and harmonies. I like his vocal range - clear to whiney to raspy. It does something for me. There's a lot going on here. Each track has a unique sound and feel. I love them all and I discover something new with each listen. Arthur's artwork on the CD case is a plus too. The only problem with finding music this good is that you can't wait for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting and raw
Joseph Arthur is very unappreciated. He is a great musician and is a very moving and authentic songwriter. Full recommendation.
Published on October 6, 2011 by Jeanne M. Kouri
5.0 out of 5 stars GOING TO WHERE HE IS FROM
If you are trying to decide on which CD to purchase...this is a fantastic choice. The first song "In the Sun" starts you on a journey inside and keeps you there. Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by Theresa Mariano
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album from One of the Best Singer-Songwriters Around
This is my favorite joseph Arthur CD. Maybe its because it is the first I owned - but I like all of his CD's and you can't go wrong with any of them. Read more
Published on July 1, 2007 by McGillicuddy E. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good early album
This is the latest cd of his that I have bought since becoming a fan. It is very good, although I can't say I find it more enjoyable than his newer ones. Read more
Published on October 2, 2006 by Luke P Narlee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soundtrack More or Less...
The songs on this album were the first I heard of Joseph Arthur and I was immediately mesmerized. A few were on the soundtrack for "Hell's Kitchen" with Angelina Jolie and Rosanna... Read more
Published on August 17, 2005 by Abbey Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Arthur is awesome!!
I recently have just gotten into Joseph Arthur this summer, so when I wanted to get some of his older cd's so I thought where else but Read more
Published on August 11, 2005 by Valerie Heitzman
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
There's nothing really spectacular about this album. If you are looking for some background music while your sipping coffee in the wee early morning hours.... Read more
Published on July 28, 2005 by Ofsilence
5.0 out of 5 stars Your next favorite CD
This guy is amazing. Seriously, he is one of the most talanted writers/performers to come along in quite a while. Read more
Published on February 7, 2005 by G. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better song writers of our time...
He is getting more and more notoriety as his career progresses, and it is well deserved. Take the first song on the album alone and break it down... Read more
Published on January 24, 2005 by B. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars He's quite someone
Show up alone on stage with an accoustic guitar and a sequence looping machine. Clap a beat on his guitar, put it in his little machine. Read more
Published on January 14, 2005 by Guylaine Le Ber
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