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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