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Come To Where I'm From

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Joseph Arthur Come To Where I'm From - Limited Edition UK CD album

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004RDTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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...is 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.
John
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By A Customer on April 17, 2002
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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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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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Unfortunately, I'm just now becoming familiar with Joseph Arthur. Thank God I happened upon 120 minutes on MTV the other night. (Amazing but true, it's still on the air). Oh how I wish I had known of him years ago!
J.A. has a tremendous amount of talent. I generally don't like drawing comparisons between artists. However, to me his work is reminiscent of Spain (adding the luxury of lyrics which continually leave me astonished by his ability) while favoring experimental similarity to Beck. "In the Sun" and "Tattoo" are two of the most beautiful pieces I've heard in ages. I've decided I relate to "Chemical" a little too well for my own good. It is addictive in its own right.
So, the question is what can I do while sitting on these pins and needles awaiting J.A.'s performance for CMJ? I believe I'll begin by discovering his previous work in order to fill the void left by my former ignorance. Do yourself a favor, learn from my regret and buy this!
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