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Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts

Temporary People (limited)

12" LP

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Joseph Arthur And The Lonely Astronauts Temporary People on Limited Edition Vinyl LP!

Features Hand Printed Artwork Done by Joseph Arthur Himself!

Temporary People is the second LP by Joseph Arthur And The Lonely Astronauts, a NYC-based collective. Arthur, along with guitarists Kraig Jarret Johnson (The Jayhawks) and Jennifer Turner (Fur Slide, Natalie Merchant), drummer Greg Wieczorek (Twilight Singers) and bassist Sibyl Buck, descended upon the Catskill wilderness to conjure what Arthur testifies as a fully-realized, awesome explosion of rock and roll. "The best and truest things are born out of necessity," Arthur explains. "I hung onto the recording of this album like a man in the middle of the ocean would to a a piece of wood floating by, you can hear it in the songs and you can hear it in the band pulling together. This album is the sound of survival." The follow up to 2007's Let's Just Be, Temporary People finds the Astronauts steeped in rattling anthems ("Faith," "Temporary People"), unearthly rock revivals ("Dead Savior," "Look into the Sky") and classic country inspired hymns ("Say Goodbye," "Turn You On").

"Jo is one of those rare writer-performers where you get the sense, whatever your belief, that something greater is being channeled through his music and voice. Like Patti Smith, Grant Lee Phillips, Thom Yorke, he trances and the voice, the meaning, becomes bigger than him, bigger than a few pop chords or words strung together. It touches something very deep and universal." - Michael Stipe, R.E.M.

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Temporary People is one of the most anticipated albums of Joseph Arthur's career (first place going to his debut, Big City Secrets). Capping over a year of release activity, with no less than four EPs leading up to his full-length for 2008, the LP seems fit to function as a cap on Arthur's continuing development as a songwriter (as well as the ongoing cohesion of his band, the Lonely Astronauts). Right from the opening title track, Arthur's songwriting shows refreshing vigor given all the activity. Arthur and his band are just as endearingly ramshackle as ever, quickly taking their place as one of the best alternative bands since the Replacements at sounding ragged and delightfully off the rails (especially so ever since Wilco became such willful perfectionists). Blistering rockers ("Sunrise Dolls") sit well next to heartbroken ballads ("Say Goodbye"), and the band's roller-coastering aesthetic is perfectly suited for Arthur's rambling, half-coherent delivery. If nothing here is as immediate as the highlights of Let's Just Be, the songs grow into an effortless blend of contemporary singer/songwriter quality and retro bar band flair. (More than even the recent EPs, Temporary People displays the Lonely Astronauts becoming one of the best backing bands in the business, a worthy complement to the heart-on-his-sleeve emphasis of Arthur's songwriting.) Not all of Arthur's lines scan perfectly, though; one head-scratcher comes from "Say Goodbye" -- "The letter you left me was laced with your perfume/Like a butterfly tryin' to fly back into her cocoon." If fans are expecting Temporary People to be a giant leap following a four-EP run down the track, they might be disappointed. Temporary People is simply another ragged-but-right release from one of contemporary alternative's most natural-sounding bands

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Artist Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts
Track Listing 1. Temporary People 2. Faith 3. Say Goodbye 4. Dead Savior 5. Look into the Sky 6. Sunrise Dolls 7. Dream Is Longer Than the Night 8. Heart's a Soldier 9. Turn You On 10. Winter Blades 11. Drive 12. Good Friend

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