Joseph Arthur has been recording consistently good music for 15 years. As a prolific songwriter, he's worked within a system that can't handle the amount of material he produces. So, while Peter Gabriel's Real World Records label did its best to accommodate Arthur's creative ambitions, he self-released four EPs in the winter of 2002, selling them to fans who attended his tour. Ten years later, Real World Records has released these four EPs as one massive set: 19 songs that further explore Arthur's unique powers as both a writer and a recording artist. Several tunes appeared on Redemption's Son—"Dear Lord," "The Termite Song," "Favorite Girl," and "Voices Will Fight" (retitled "In the Night")—while other material here includes distinctive pieces that were part of the original EPs' logic. Arthur saw each release as a separate entity. However, his passion and abilities ensure that the variety never diffuses his talents. The quiet creep of "Queens of Brooklyn," the acoustic guitar, handclaps, and harmonies of "Bill Wilson," and the harmonica-fueled Americana rock of "Still the Same" are all essential pieces of the Joseph Arthur puzzle.