13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The mercurial singer/songwriter offers a tough but tender meditation on family. Composed on a 100-year-old Steinway upright piano that originally belonged to a family in Connecticut, The Family—like all Arthur’s albums—is loose, grand, and a little melancholy. From the expansive opening of its title cut to the elegiac, Arcade Fire-esque “Machines of War” and the propulsive “Hold on Jerry,” where the gravelly voiced Arthur deliver’s the album’s inspiring thesis: “This life is complicated / this death is overrated."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The mercurial singer/songwriter offers a tough but tender meditation on family. Composed on a 100-year-old Steinway upright piano that originally belonged to a family in Connecticut, The Family—like all Arthur’s albums—is loose, grand, and a little melancholy. From the expansive opening of its title cut to the elegiac, Arcade Fire-esque “Machines of War” and the propulsive “Hold on Jerry,” where the gravelly voiced Arthur deliver’s the album’s inspiring thesis: “This life is complicated / this death is overrated."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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Masterpiece

There are talented musicians and then their is Joseph Arthur who is the creme de la creme. Every album he puts out is amazing and this is just another example. This entire album was written on a Steinway piano from 1912. Check out the music video on YouTube for "You Keep Hanging On" to see the piano.
You can feel the love and effort behind this album. Next to The Graduation Ceremony, this is my new favorite album.

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