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  Temporary People  
  Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts  
  Lonely Astronaut Records  
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Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts are a collaborative group of musicians that hail from NYC. David Letterman believes them to be “bad-ass and would like to be with those people”. Letterman thinks they are doing things that he’s not. I’d have to agree, as Joseph and his Astronauts are writing music and playing live shows while Dave continues to rattle off his Top 10 lists on his late show!

Over the summer of '07, Arthur and his Astronauts -- Kriag Jarret Johnson (The Jayhawks), Jennifer Turner (Fur Slide, Natalie Merchant), both on guitar; Greg Wieczorek (Twilight Singers) on drums; and Sibyl Buck on bass -- headed into the wilderness of the Catskills to create Temporary People, a follow up to their debut album, Let’s Just Be. Temporary People finds the band dabbling in classic country inspired sounds (Say Goodbye, and Turn You On), rock revivals (Look Into the Sky), and anthems (Temporary People).

Michael Stipe (of R.E.M. fame) reported to the LA Times that "Joseph is a rare artist/performer where you get the sense, that something greater is being channeled through his voice and his music." I couldn’t agree more. Although somewhat of a sad song, my favorite song on this album is Say Goodbye. It is a passionate song about a lover that left without saying a word, but did leave a note "laced with perfume…like a butterfly trying to fly back to her cocoon". This song will dig into your soul!

Overall, I give Temporary People 5 out of 7 sponges. This album is upbeat, has great instrumental accompaniment and you’re bound to find a song to fit your every mood.

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