Arthur Buck 7/10

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Vet­er­ans sound re­newed on an­them-filled col­lab­o­ra­tion

Hook­ing up with Peter Buck has in­spired Joseph Arthur to pull a 180, as the em­pa­thetic rhythm-gui­tar mas­ter nudges his part­ner from the knotty in­tro­spec­tion of Arthur’s re­cent al­bums to life-em­brac­ing up­lift. Buck’s chim­ing acous­tic pat­tern on opener “I Am The Mo­ment” echoes the syl­van glory of REM’s Out Of Time, set­ting up the LP’s pre­vail­ing theme of hope­ful an­tic­i­pa­tion. Arthur stacks his vo­cals through­out, while his arch­ing gui­tars, con­cus­sive pro­grammed drums and re­sound­ing hand­claps in­ter­lock with Buck’s springy rhythm beds, bring­ing an in­tox­i­cat­ing, Bowieesque full­ness to the strut­ting “Are You Elec­tri­fied?” and the swelling “For­ever Fall­ing” – a fer­vent, likely self-di­rected pep talk fo­cused on fac­ing down de­spair.

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