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The Graduation Ceremony [Digipak]
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Album: The Graduation Ceremony [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Out On a Limb More Info...
2)    Horses More Info...
3)    Almost Blue More Info...
4)    Someone To Love More Info...
5)    Watch Our Shadows Run More Info...
6)    This Is Still My World More Info...
7)    Over The Sun More Info...
8)    Face In The Crowd More Info...
9)    Midwest More Info...
10)    Gypsy Faded More Info...
11)    Call More Info...
12)    Love Never Asks You To Lie More Info...
 
Album: The Graduation Ceremony [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Out On a Limb More Info...
2)    Horses More Info...
3)    Almost Blue More Info...
4)    Someone To Love More Info...
5)    Watch Our Shadows Run More Info...
6)    This Is Still My World More Info...
7)    Over The Sun More Info...
8)    Face In The Crowd More Info...
9)    Midwest More Info...
10)    Gypsy Faded More Info...
11)    Call More Info...
12)    Love Never Asks You To Lie More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Joseph Arthur (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); John Alagia (guitar); Jim Keltner (drums); Madi Diaz, Brian Cohen, Liz Phair, Sibyl Buck (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: John Alagia.
  • Recording information: Flowers Studio; The Carriage House, LA; Village Recording.
  • Having dedicated most of 2010 to his supergroup side project, Fistful of Mercy, Joseph Arthur returns to his solo career with The Graduation Ceremony. "There's nothing to do in the Midwest but dream," he sings on the album, which dresses up Arthur's heartland pop songs with sweeping, atmospheric arrangements. Strings, pianos, synths, and female harmonies all make frequent appearances, adding some swirls of color to what might otherwise be a stark break-up album. Arthur is definitely hurting, and the song titles alone provide enough evidence of a relationship gone awry: "Out on a Limb," "Almost Blue," "Face in the Crowd," "Love Never Asks You to Lie." To cheer himself up, he gets a little help from his friends, leading a three-person band through these 12 songs and enlisting friends like Madi Diaz and Liz Phair to sing backup. The result is an album that doesn't sound as sad as its content. Instead, we're treated to the sort of elegantly weary, vaguely melancholic music that Ed Harcourt makes, with wistful melodies sung in either a smoky, folksy croon or a high falsetto register. Heartbreak makes for some some long, lonely nights. But it also makes for solid albums, provided you've got the right person in the driver's seat. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The grooves, some of them anchored by drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner, are mostly down-tempo in winning, wee-small-hours mood colours as on 'Out On A Limb' and 'Horses'..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere he's gone back to basics on simple guitar-led melodies...brimming with brain-searing choruses and sung in a voice that ranges from tender falsetto to a ragged-out growl."
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