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Album Review

Though time had passed since his Real World apprenticeship, the Peter Gabriel influence looms larger than ever on Joseph Arthur's third release. In particular, Redemption's Son achieves a sophisticated marriage of traditional songwriting craft and avant-garde production, a combination that guides Gabriel's best work as well. The singer/songwriter foundation is clearer with Arthur, however; many of these tracks grow from a bedrock of acoustic guitar and vocals, with gauzy electronics shimmering across the surface rather than glistening within the fabric of the tune. Aside from a few inspired images, such as his admission that "I've been so happy being unhappy with you" in "Favorite Girl," Arthur's writing is steady and workmanlike; by giving prominent position to lines like "I wish I could follow you to the shore of freedom," from "Honey and the Moon," he tends to build in the verses toward slightly disappointing resolutions in the choruses. Even so, the sonic range achieved on these tracks, ranging from a filmy folk-rock evocation on "Dear Lord" to the collision of "Strawberry Fields" Mellotron and Duane Eddy twang on "I Would Rather Hide," suggests that Arthur may have even more promise as a producer than as an artist in years to come. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Joseph Arthur..Redemption's Son

While driving to Canada from Connecticut, a friend gave me this c/d to listen to..It really brought me back to the spirituality I had lost and was looking for..It's one of those records that can make a huge impact on people if they just listen for the magic that is part of this music..Highly recommended.

Finally getting noticed

Bored at Borders I listened to a couple of songs on this album and purchased it during it's release week. Finally's three years later he is getting noticed. This album is AWESOME!! Alot of his songs are on the Mandy Moore satire 'Saved' and I hear him alot on Scrubs. Great lyrics and voice, this is an album you will not regret buying.

Excellent addition to anyone's music collection.

I heard "Honey and the Moon" from a friend, previewed the rest of "Redemption's Son" on iTunes, and I was instantly hooked. Although I greatly enjoy the entire cd, my favorites include the aforementioned "Honey and the Moon" along with "I Would Rather Hide" and especially "Blue Lips." I've listened to "Blue Lips" for hours, and I still love it.


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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