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Gentle and Smooth With Killer Lyrics

For the last five years Joseph Arthur has been one of my absolute faves so - biased I am. He's a true poet. Follow his tweets as he tours the world, photographs NYC — a true true artist in a number of media (look up the Museum of Modern Arthur). Graduation Ceremony — this album caresses you. It goes down so so unconsciously smoothly - it takes a few listens to wake up to it - but with every hearing - you catch another snippet of story and it draws you in along a more conscious plane. I am not a lyrics guy so much — but he just catches me again and again.) For my money Joseph Arthur is one of the best lyricist going. Sonically smooth - you hardly notice the orchestration (which is very nice once you tune into it). It's just a wonderful soundtrack. I'll have to wait and see if it holds up to Crazy Rain, Nuclear daydream, Could We Survive and Temporary People (yeah - he has a lot GREAT albums out).

Watch out - if you are exploring JA - these songs will get you and you'll turn into a JA nut like me: Start with "Echo Park" - and try Rages of Babylon, Shadow of Lies, Could we Survive?, Foreign Girls, Precious One, Gimme Some Company, Too Much to Hide, Enough to Get Away, Nuclear Daydream, Look Into the Sky, Sunrise Dlls, Glue Sniffer, Puppets, Faith, Temporary People, Dead Saviour


Born: September 28, 1971 in Akron, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ohio native Joseph Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel, who signed the folk-rock songwriter to Real World Records in the mid-'90s. Arthur's debut, Big City Secrets, was released in 1997 and went fairly unnoticed, despite an eclectic, brooding sound influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joe Henry, and the late Jeff Buckley. Gabriel influenced Arthur's music, too, exposing his songwriting to a global palette, roping him into Gabriel's annual WOMAD shows, and giving him a roster of fellow labelmates...
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