Let's Just Be - Joseph Arthur
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  • Summary: This is the singer-songwriter's first album with new backing band The Lonely Astronauts.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Unfortunately, Arthur drags his backing players through a good deal of hoarsely hollered filler between [the] peaks. [20 Apr 2007, p.62]
  2. Some more outré passages could have benefited from mad-scientist tinkering. But the mad-Mick Jagger that Arthur affects on the nasty "Cocaine Feet" and elsewhere is still nicely twisted.
  3. A diverse collection that often has a life force all its own. [Jun 2007, p.150]
  4. Let’s Just Be is as poppy and willfully idiosyncratic as Arthur’s older work, but is both more conventionally arranged and more loose-limbed than ever before.
  5. There's an air of sloppy experimentation, of demos and B-sides and other things that probably won't interest more than the heartiest fan.
  6. 50
    A sweaty, first-take orgy that sometimes suggests Tom Waits fronting the Stones, only clumsier. [May 2007, p.84]
  7. There are a few quality tracks among these 16-- enough for a pretty good EP-- but this is an 80-minute album with at least an hour of stuff on it that sounds at best like studio outtakes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12