User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. jim
    Feb 3, 2005
    10
    best album of the year. best album in the last few years. quietly brought singer/song writter genre closer to public eye. helped, along with the likes of ryan adams and bright eyes, to bring alt-country closer to mainstream. brillant.
  2. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    9
    tremendously well written. lyrics reminiscent of of leonard cohen. even though arthur is a singer-songwriter, the album is flushed out and textured fantastically.
  3. MattJ
    Jun 8, 2005
    9
    Joseph arthur is the most emotional, and beautiful songwriter i know, he really connects with the listener in his songs, and everyone can find an emotion which they recognise from this album. It isn't ur usual lovey dovey stuff but it is love-ly, go out and buy it!
  4. paolod
    Nov 21, 2006
    10
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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. There are enough solid songwriting chops behind the facade to sustain him, and there's just as much-- if not more-- to be said for the production. T-Bone Burnett, Rick Will, and Arthur himself each take co-producer titles, and what results is a raw, endearing sound that blends each instrument perfectly while remaining crisp as a bell.
  2. 90
    Enlisting a heavy-hitting cast of helpers -- from the best unknown drummer in the world (Carla Azar) to one of the most creatively pure producers around (T Bone Burnett) -- Arthur has transformed a dozen of his best compositions from the skeletal coffeehouse-ready material they surely were at conception into richly-textured and deeply emotive mood pieces.
  3. Arthur's shortcomings as a lyricist make his emotional palette seem as limited as his sonic palette is varied and, however layered the production, his songwriting nearly always follows suit.