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Joseph Arthur — Can't Exist
Album: Our Shadows Will Remain
Avg rating:
6.5

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Total ratings: 579









Released: 2004
Length: 4:03
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Well I can't exist
When you disappear
Disintegrate tonight
Swallow everything

Sister don't be scared
A thousand times or more
I've walked away alive
On my feet again

(Kill/Give your life/love?)
I will wait for you mother
I will wait for you father
I will wait for you sister
I will wait for you brother

But I can't exist
So I can't explain
How I lost a thousand dollars
On the street again

Sister don't be scared
A thousand times or more
I've walked away alive
On my feet again

(Kill/Give your life/love?)
I will wait for you mother
I will wait for you father
I will wait for you sister
I will wait for you brother
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 Welly wrote:
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
 
Sonny Bono?  The multi-track vocals resemble a few different singers in different spots, but no one overtly, to me.
 Welly wrote:
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
 
Sonny Bono?  The multi-track vocals resemble a few different singers in different spots (including that other Bono), but no one overly-so, to me.  
 chrisross wrote:
Sounds like Weezer without the band

 

Sounds like Weezer wtihout the bland.
Sounds like Weezer without the band
This is one of my most favorite songs in the world...seeing him play this live way back before Peter Gabriel picked him up was amazing..I talked to him outside for an hour before the show....he painted an incredible painting while he did his set....genius  
 cohifi wrote:
I had given it a 4 before, but for multiple reasons it now gets a 7. 

 
I've gone the other way around on account of yer man's rasping, grating voice. Nice backing, though, which sort of makes up for it.

 coding_to_music wrote:

 
{#Roflol} . . . a little 'loopy' . . . {#Stupid}
I get the feeling every Joseph Arthur song has the same vocal sound as this, i know just a few... Even if that's not the case, i'm tired of hearing it...

5

I had given it a 4 before, but for multiple reasons it now gets a 7.  Killer set regardless!

When I hear the opening drum track for this song, it always puts a smile on my face.  Thanks Bill..

{#Bananajam}

7 {#Arrow} 8

Saw him live this year in NY, great show.
 Welly wrote:
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
 
It's you.  I'm still listening.  If it resembled The Goggled One in the least it would be silent in here.

Jack_Jefferson wrote:
I saw him do the looping of guitar and synthesizer at a Mountain Stage show a few years ago. The looping resulted in a really cool sound. I thought to myself: "That sound would be perfect for a police, fire or ambulance siren."
I saw Peter Elkas do a similar thing at the Media Club a few years back, looping instruments and his own vocals to build up songs in layers. Very cool. Actually got video of that show, I should dig it up and watch it.
never heard of this guy before but definitely enjoying it!
Monster wrote:
This guy is Genius..when I saw him he was alone...placed a huge canvas behind him which he painted on the entire show while playing..he would smack the guitar and loop that for drums..then loop his voice doing the backing vocals...he could just walk back and paint while the loops played..awesome..when he was done he had painted an incredible, huge painting. Super nice guy...
I saw him do the looping of guitar and synthesizer at a Mountain Stage show a few years ago. The looping resulted in a really cool sound. I thought to myself: "That sound would be perfect for a police, fire or ambulance siren."
Monster wrote:
This guy is Genius..when I saw him he was alone...placed a huge canvas behind him which he painted on the entire show while playing..he would smack the guitar and loop that for drums..then loop his voice doing the backing vocals...he could just walk back and paint while the loops played..awesome..when he was done he had painted an incredible, huge painting. Super nice guy...
I just can't wait to get a chance to see him! :dance: :dance: :dance:
This guy is Genius..when I saw him he was alone...placed a huge canvas behind him which he painted on the entire show while playing..he would smack the guitar and loop that for drums..then loop his voice doing the backing vocals...he could just walk back and paint while the loops played..awesome..when he was done he had painted an incredible, huge painting. Super nice guy...
Tis a pleasant tune
Welly wrote:
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
... you and everyone else
Welly wrote:
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
I thought (this song - not much of his other work) sounds like Beck.
This guy's dyslexia really does it for me and his album Big City Secrets is fairly definitive.
Love this song
starcloud wrote:
Knows what he's doing, great lyrics and commanding stage presence. He uses a device mounted on his acoustic guitar to create percussion and then layers this with rhythm loops, all generated live on stage, no recordings.
(click here) - explains it very well
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
Powerfully good.
middleagedhipster wrote:
well done Joe, very similar sound to the latest Ryan Adams, sounds like a Replacements outake like much of Ryan’s album did. Great little piece on Joeseph arthur in the latest Paste magazine
Funny. I only caught the last 45 seconds or so of this song, but I was thinking, "Is that Bryan Adams' guitar riff from 'Run to You' floating around in the background?" Maybe it was just the mushrooms I had with dinner...
Knows what he's doing, great lyrics and commanding stage presence. He uses a device mounted on his acoustic guitar to create percussion and then layers this with rhythm loops, all generated live on stage, no recordings. He's truly an AV spectacle that rivals his studio performace. I saw him Oct. 2005 at the World Cafe in Phila. Great 2 hour solo performance. I would stongly recommend seeing him and would do so again without reservation.
thewiseking wrote:
good luck seeing this knucklehead live.
I tried to see him in 2003 only to have the concert cancelled because he had bronchitis. Still haven't been able to see him live. :doh:
The cover art is freaky, at least....
Drunq and like it. 7.5.
Frightfully good
thewiseking wrote:
good luck seeing this knucklehead live.
Hmm.. when I saw him live ('02 or '03, I think), he put on a great show.. even got to sorta meet him before the show.. he commented on my Peter Gabriel shirt.. or rather kinda pointed and nodded. My only complaint was with the venue.. I'm not much into the overcrowded club thing...
good luck seeing this knucklehead live. i saw him back in the summer of 01 up in woodstock. he took the stage over an hour late. apparently there was great difficulty for him and his backers to simply tune up, combined with the usual narcissistic/histrionic artiste bullshit. anyway, the show was o.k. at best. his opening act, josh joplin, totally stole the show.
Yeah, a bit like Pete Yorn. Still, something about this just makes me turn it up and listen... Man, I'm hearing so much stuff I'd never heard before... RP is pulling me out of the armpit of the backwoods and into the main vein of the slipstream. Uh, forget I said that.
MaleFunktion-stop overANALyzing and take some Viagra for god sake. Forget the misty past and go with the flow man! This song rocks!
Is it me, or am I listening to the lead singer from the Stereophonics aged 30 years from now? :-k And what's with the possible tinge of Tom Petty in there?... Don't like this one... too confusing... :stupid:
randomprime wrote:
To me he looks like Buster from Arrested Development ...
haaaaa...buster. that makes my experience of this song entirely different now...
His best album yet, his music is so well played and produced. I'm seeing him soon here in London, can't wait.
anyone noticed that this guy sounds a bit like (the present day, older) Robert Plant?
Gregorama wrote:
I'm thinking of a number between 6 and 8...
That makes two of us. Yummy way to close down my office for the day.
Is this the UK guy that recorded all the instruments in his basement? EDIT: just did my homework, i see he's not. little off. Although in my journey I found out that he was discovered by Peter Gabriel, another Radio Paradise resident.
trekhead wrote:
"Half a bee,Philisophically, Must ipso-facto half NOT be."
Good one! :clap:
This tune rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrocks
rah wrote:
just got thrown into the "wish i didn't know what you looked like" category along with christopher cross, toto, and rick astley...
To me he looks like Buster from Arrested Development but more disturbingly, he sounds like Pete Yorn, or at least this song does?
Tux wrote:
In my perception this is a very annoying voice, which is enough reason to rate it a 2
At least you weren't the guy that gave it a one...I'm thinking of a number between 6 and 8...
just got thrown into the "wish i didn't know what you looked like" category along with christopher cross, toto, and rick astley...
Never heard this before. Rock on. :drummer:
This really kicks it up a notch toward the end. :music: Compelling listening. (And I just noticed he has a real Bono kind of thing going on with his voice)
middleagedhipster wrote:
well done Joe, very similar sound to the latest Ryan Adams, sounds like a Replacements outake like much of Ryan’s album did. Great little piece on Joeseph arthur in the latest Paste magazine
Somehow I didn't get that out of Ryan Adams' lastest. I got slicker poser wanna be rough like the Placemats but can't cut it....his idea of camping is no mint on the pillow...but I like this Joe stuff.
you know, the first couple of times i heard this, i really wasn't in to it, especially because it seemed like such a departure from the joseph arthur stuff i already know (and liked well enough)... but i have to say, this has really grown on me a lot.
very nice.
:cool: I like his double, triple voices... and kick-ass guitar... Tux, I'll raise you with a 9 ;)
In my perception this is a very annoying voice, which is enough reason to rate it a 2
well done Joe, very similar sound to the latest Ryan Adams, sounds like a Replacements outake like much of Ryan’s album did. Great little piece on Joeseph arthur in the latest Paste magazine
"Half a bee,Philisophically, Must ipso-facto half NOT be."
Got a 'Semisonic' kinda thing goin' . Nice.
excellent as always... very much looking forward to the new album release. :clap: