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Joseph Arthur is a serious musician whose audience agrees with his mission. He raised money through a pledge drive, and the results were well beyond the goal—giving him further freedom to create the album of his dreams. Sessions in upstate New York, Brooklyn, L.A., and Minneapolis brought musicians such as Jim Keltner, Garth Hudson, Catherine Popper, Ben Harper, Paul Cantelon, and Joan Wasserman together to add color to Arthur's ambitious song cycle based on a fictional character close to Arthur's own being. "Currency of Love" starts with an orchestral touch worthy of glam rock. The title track is fortified with horns. A bracing heart-to-heart is found on the spiritually troubled and humbling "I Used to Know How to Walk on Water" and the honest reflection on addiction in "I Miss the Zoo." "It's OK to Be Young/Gone" breaks out a touch of T. Rex. Things conclude with two of Arthur's finest songs: "Famous Friends Along the Coast" and "All the Old Heroes," where he captures the vibe of The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street with his own words and way of getting there.

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Absolutely Stunning

Joseph Arthur's newest release finds the prolific singer/songwriter at the top of his game. This album is his best album to date. This is the first in a 3-part series of releases centered around the same protagonist. Boogie Christ comes with many more dimensions and layers than his previous masterpiece, The Graduation Ceremony. Few albums on first listen have struck me as being as fantastic as this release. Buy this album now and listen to it as an entire piece in one sitting. Standout tracks for me include "Famous Friends" and "All The Old Heroes." More people need to hear the brilliance of Joseph Arthur.

Christ you know it ain't easy.

I'm on my third time through listening to this gem, and frankly 5 stars isn't near enough.


This album from Joseph has an upbeat energy, is jammin, groovin and just keeps rolling!


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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