Let's Just Be

Album Review of Let's Just Be by Joseph Arthur.

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Let's Just Be

Joseph Arthur

Let's Just Be by Joseph Arthur

Release Date: Apr 17, 2007
Record label: Lonely Astronaut
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Let's Just Be - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Now that he has his own studio and label, Joseph Arthur must feel a lot of freedom when it comes to recording material, and this newfound liberation is most certainly evidenced on Let's Just Be, his second release on Lonely Astronaut. The album has the feel of an improvisational session, as if Arthur called up his band late one night, asked them to bring their instruments, showed them the sketches of 16 songs he'd been working on, and then told them to play (the occasional spoken direction of "then we go into a verse" only helps this theory along). Arthur is a talented writer, but there's an air of sloppy experimentation, of demos and B-sides and other things that probably won't interest more than the heartiest fan.

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