Joseph Arthur - 'Nuclear Daydream' & 'Let's Just Be'
Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts – 'Let’s Just Be'
‘Let's Just Be’ is one of the two albums Joseph Arthur released on the same day!
This album features a staggering 16 songs, and Joseph and his new backing band The Lonely Astronauts have complete freedom over their material - but is that a good thing?
A good 10 out of the 16 songs are instantly forgettable, leaving you wondering why you’re wasting your time listening to this album. The songs are pretty hazy overall. While some tracks are drug inspired, a few sound as though they were drug fuelled, leaving this album feeling too loose and sloppy.
There are quite a few songs that feature random noises and ‘Lonely Astronaut’ is a good example of this. Sounds rise and fall in no particular pattern, and Arthur doesn’t seem to be paying attention to what’s happening around him.
However, amongst the sloppiness of ‘Yer The Reason’ and ‘Lonely Astronauts’ there are a few gems which stand out like diamonds in a coal mine; such as the gentle paced ‘Take Me Home’ which shows off a different side to Joseph Arthur. It’s a real glimpse into how good this album could have been if only time had been taken and some form of control was put over this record.
So with too much freedom to explore, Arthur seems to have gone off track, but we’re pretty confident he’ll step it up for future albums, and ‘Let’s Just Be’ is a glitch in the road.
Joseph Arthur – 'Nuclear Daydream'
‘Nuclear Daydream’ is slightly shorter than the simultaneously released ‘Let’s Just Be’ featuring only 12 tracks. Unlike ‘Let's Just Be’ this album is made up of steady paced original songs, making it far superior to its partner in crime.
From the opening track ‘Too Much To Hide’, it's clear that this album is going to be a great listen and it lives up to its promise delivering memorable performances in the form of ‘Electrical Storm’ and ‘Woman’. you find yourself being drawn in by Arthur’s voice, and then he’s got you mesmerized.
Suited for a more chilled out day, ‘You Are Free’ is one of the highlights; it would not seem out of place in the hippy infused times of the 60’s as Arthur’s husky vocals are at their best on this melodic song.
‘Nuclear Daydream’ is exactly as the title suggests, mellow and chilled enough to seem like a daydream, while fuelled with bursts of intoxicating darkness.
(from Young Scot