Let's Just Be

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. Spin
    50
    A sweaty, first-take orgy that sometimes suggests Tom Waits fronting the Stones, only clumsier. [May 2007, p.84]
  3. 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.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Brynn
    Sep 22, 2007
    9
    I live for live music and i love the loose feel of this album. hearing these new songs at the shows made me fall in love. i guess everyone I live for live music and i love the loose feel of this album. hearing these new songs at the shows made me fall in love. i guess everyone sees things differently. Full Review »
  2. DanM
    Jul 17, 2007
    2
    Big fan of his past work and live shows, but this album is a piece of crap. A few decent tracks here, but overall this should be a giveaway Big fan of his past work and live shows, but this album is a piece of crap. A few decent tracks here, but overall this should be a giveaway of B-sides and outtakes. No one should be charged money for this, there's so little effort in its creation. I'm ok if he wants to change sounds and styles, but put some effort in to the recording. Maybe it should have been released under a different name, to avoid scamming long time fans into buying it. Full Review »
  3. RichardH
    Apr 23, 2007
    6
    On comparison with his earlier albums this one leaves me feeling a bit empty. Most of the beauty is gone from Arthur's signature sound On comparison with his earlier albums this one leaves me feeling a bit empty. Most of the beauty is gone from Arthur's signature sound on this disk and it's replaced by a dry, arid sound that is slightly cold and impersonal. While it feels like the band was making a shot at a 'rock' record, it is the softer moments that stand out. There are still worthwhile songs on the disk, just don't expect to hear the Joseph Arthur that you've grown to know through the years. Full Review »