Albums of '11: #5-#2 Rihanna, Bon Iver, Joseph Arthur, Twilight Singers3. Joseph Arthur, “The Graduation Ceremony” (Lonely Astronaut):
He may not get the hype, but Joseph Arthur builds acoustic atmospherics as beautiful as Bon Iver and melodies as memorable as a slew of next-Dylan singer-songwriters. Add the lovely “Out on a Limb” and the poignant “Face in the Crowd,” as well as his ode to our shared homeland “Midwest,” to his impressive catalog.Also mentions The Twilight Singers album featuring Joseph on some tracks
2. Twilight Singers, “Dynamite Steps” (Sub Pop): Greg Dulli drops another stunning soundtrack to the dark, art-house thriller playing in his mind. “She Was Stolen” is a sweet-sounding lover's lament/revenge fantasy. “On the Corner” conjures all sorts of seductive danger, while “Waves” is a return to his harder-edged, grungier days with the Afghan Whigs. It's the most compelling rock album of the year.
from Newsday - Backstage Pass (Glenn Gamboa)