Come To Where I'm From
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Joseph Arthur doesn't fit in a box. He has his own, changing constantly, freeing himself all over again. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Andre 2015
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 morePublished on August 10, 2007 by Theresa Mariano
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 morePublished on July 1, 2007 by McGillicuddy E. Phillips
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 morePublished on October 2, 2006 by Luke P Narlee
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 morePublished on August 17, 2005 by Abbey Blue
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 Amazon.com. Read morePublished on August 11, 2005 by Valerie Heitzman
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 morePublished on July 28, 2005 by Ofsilence
This guy is amazing. Seriously, he is one of the most talanted writers/performers to come along in quite a while. Read morePublished on February 7, 2005 by G. Carlson