And The Thieves Are Gone





Few artists have the talent, songwriting, and cajones to put out two releases in one year. Earlier this fall, Joseph Arthur released his masterpiece "Our Shadows Will Remain" on Vector Recordings. Fortunately, he is already prepared to give us another batch of tunes with a new EP titled "And The Thieves Are Gone". These songs are from the same sessions as "Our Shadows", and yet they show several very different musical directions. His songs come from a dark, personal place, including the first track "Papa". With lines such as "I needed you to love me, but you did not know how to love", Arthur lays his issues out there for the world to see, giving us some amazingly honest, personal, and poetic songwriting. The six-song EP changes moods with the more-upbeat "Savior Of The Sun", picking up the tempo and adding keys to a catchy melody. "Anywhere With You" marks a completely different musical direction than devoted Arthur fans may be accustomed to, with his typically-baritone vocals turning more towards a nasally Beck-ish tone, filled with Nigel Godrich inspired guitar noises and a bouncing bass line. "Real As Rain" is one of the most accessible songs to emerge from Arthur, relying less on production wizardry and more on melodic lines. Joseph Arthur does show multiple personalities musically, but his quality in musicianship and writing never waivers. He is one of the strongest voices in the singer-songwriter world. In fact, I hate using that title, as it seems to reference generic radio garbage that plagues our airwaves, when in fact he is one of the most important and distinctive voices in music today.

Joseph Arthur
Vector Recordings

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And The Thieves Are Gone