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Redemption's Son

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One of the most promising of Peter Gabriel's Real World label protégés came not from some dusty, Third World village, but from that American tire and rubber mecca, Akron, Ohio. But while Arthur's previous Gabriel-inspired adventures netted him considerable critical kudos and even a ‘99 Grammy nod for his self-created album art, he turns an even neater trick here. The frameworks for Arthur's 16 poetic, alternately introspective and impressionistic songs may be more firmly rooted in traditional folk and singer-songwriter formula than ever, but the influence of Gabriel seems even more pronounced on the album's evocative, often hypnotic sonic textures. Densely layered yet deceptively organic, it's a record of endless production subtleties in service of songs that trickle and dart like a playful stream of consciousness. Whether putting his own peculiar spin on romantic foibles in the dirge-turns-anthem "Favorite Girl," the upbeat energy of "Let's Embrace" and "In the Night," or conjuring more intriguing existential imagery on the fragile "You Are the Dark," Arthur has produced an album that reveals itself anew on every listen. --Jerry McCulley


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00007E6WW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lily on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I heard a review of this album on NPR a few months ago, I had to pull over to the side of the road and listen. I'd never heard of Joseph Arthur before, but the strength of his lyrics (what little I heard) made me wonder who he was and where I could find his work. I bought "Some to Where I'm From" and "Redemption's Son" at the same time and am now driving my coworkers crazy with it. I'm not usually the kind of person who slavers over an artist, but I now recommend those two albums to anyone I know who've lost love, faith, or perspective and think about how to get any of those things back. "Honey and the Moon" as well as "Exhausted" spoke to me on a visceral level and "Dear Lord" has converted a few of my friends to Joseph Arthur's introspective style and occasionally creepy imagery.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bic on December 5, 2002
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For those that know Joseph Arthur, this is easily his best album to date..for those that don't let me put it this way. They just don't make albums like this much anymore. A journey of beauty and tension and poetry. He is a master of the art with few equals. I'd trade half my record collection for this one album.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "bluebeddy" on May 27, 2003
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I was given this CD as a gift a few months back, and it hasn't left my CD changer since. I would describe Joseph Arthur as a heady mix between Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams. He transitions from the elegant, moody introspection of Buckley to the romping alt-country of Adams in a snap without reason or need for apology. He creates rich harmonies through falcetto and intricate bass lines - you'll find yourself singing along with the opening title-track (which will remind you of David Grey), and not stopping until the closing song: "You've Been Loved". The CD is melancholy and sweet. He's a fantastic lyricist and underrated talent - you won't regret adding this one to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on January 8, 2003
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There's no getting around it: regardless of his actual faith, Joseph Arthur is a Christian folk rocker. Nothing wrong with that, just a fact that grounds the sixteen stellar tracks of his third release Redemption's Son. Though his belief runs deep, the thrill in his work is that his faith doesn't come without continuous struggle. Like his idol (and label-owner) Peter Gabriel, Arthur turns experience of the day-to-day into the epic. Unlike Gabriel, his music is still in touch with the simple verities. He keeps his progressive tendencies in check, relying on solid narrative details and the ragged beauty of his countertenor. The title cut, "Dear Lord", "Evidence" - each root their moral struggle in a recognizable situation: absentee father, social estrangement, addiction. The drawback is that every song reaches the same conclusion - there's nothing that God can't put right. Still, it's a testament to Arthur's gifts that the end doesn't nullify the journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2003
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I weary about whether Redemption's Son would be as amazing as Come To Where I'm From, but I was truly blown away by the variety of styles and songs in this new Joseph Arthur work. Not only is is amazingly sung and played, but Arthur seems to project a depth that makes the music feel so personal. The best songs on the disc would have to "September Baby", "Nation of Slaves", "Blue Lips", "You've Been Loved" as well as the title track. For anyone who wants to be emotionally moved, this is the disc to submerse yourself in. A musical wonder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "wall_runner" on February 6, 2003
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This is a truly inspiring artist. Joseph Arthur not only sings- he writes the songs, plays the instruments, and makes his own sleeve art. This is not like those cd's where you play it a few times, know the lyrics cover to cover and need to toss it out due to sheer boredom. Rather it's the cd that will need a permanent spot in the rotation. With each listen you will hear something new, and be able to peel back each layer of complex sound and lyrics. I am still trying to figure out Joseph Arthur- he has a definite spiritual influence, yet is infatuated with the vulnerable and so willing to express frustrations with the undefined. Like in Favorite Girl- "I have been so happy being unhappy with you.... Pretending to be someone you know nothing about. I wish you were someone I knew nothing about." This cd is a definite must have for the collection. Be the first amongst your friends to discover Joseph Arthur so you can take the credit for "discovering" one of music's best kept secrets! He is definitely on his way to great things...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron D Bornstein on March 2, 2003
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I had bought Big City Secrets many years ago when it first came out based solely upon that fact that Peter Gabriel felt that Joseph Arthur was intriguing enough to enlist as the first American artist on the Real World label. Now I have just recently bought "Redemption's Son" several years later. Based on the first three times around the CD I feel that perhaps Joseph Arthur is even more "intriguing" now than when he was first signed to the label.
I gave the album 4 stars, knowing that it will grow on me with time and likely become worthy of a higher score. But this album seems more immmediately listenable than his first effort. The production is more elaborate, the vocals more layered, the sound more textured. Whereas his first album was striking for the nakedness of the sounds and lyrics, I feel that Redemption's Son is perhaps a bit more restrained, refined, and introspective (in a good way). There's also a real variety among melodies, from mid-tempo almost pop-ballad, to a little country swagger, to a harsher noisier rock, to a slow plaintive croon. Yet through all of these, his sound and voice remain unmistakable, and there is a genuine "soulful" quality througout the melodies (even beyond the spiritualistic lyrics). I think that this is what sets him apart from many other artists--he seems to have a true vision and mission to his music, and with time he's lending a more distinctive, refined and unique voice to that. I don't think it is either necessary or fair to make comparisons to other artists (because I doubt that he considers that much himself). Instead I would encourage people to give this album a real close listen, because it won't be like any other album in your collection.
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