Radin Joshua - We Were Here (CD)

Joshua Radin

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    We Were Here
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    828768385128
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    828768385128
    Previews
    Rolling Stone (p.102) - 4 stars out of 4 -- "[U]nderstated, poignant and refreshingly frank."
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Sundrenched World
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Star Mile
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Everything'll Be Alright (Will's Lullaby)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] These Photographs
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Closer
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Today
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Winter
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Someone Else's Life
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Amy's Song
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] What If You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Only You
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Sundrenched World
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Star Mile
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Everything'll Be Alright (Will's Lullaby)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] These Photographs
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Closer
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Today
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Winter
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Someone Else's Life
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Amy's Song
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] What If You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Only You
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    1 May 2012
    Duration
    38m 49s
    Country
    Notes

    Personnel: Joshua Radin (vocals, guitar); Joshua Radin; Priscilla Hartranft (vocals, piano); Chris Holmes (various instruments, programming); Colette Alexander, Oliver Kraus, John Krovoza (cello); Solomon Snyder (bass instrument); Chad Fischer (piano).
    Oh quick, before it goes away, let's look at another example that shows the interconnectedness (dare we say incest?) of television and popular music: Joshua Radin, who would have never even pursued a songwriting career if it hadn't been for his friendship with Zach Braff, star of Scrubs and introducer of the Shins to the masses. Braff put Radin's song "Winter" on the show, a move that eventually led to a recording contract with Columbia and his debut, We Were Here, much to the excitement of thousands of female fans. Radin plays the role of the quiet, romantic, sensitive guy, obsessed with his own heart and that which surrounds it, and does it all pretty convincingly. His songs are intimate, vaguely postmodern (his frequent references to the entity of a song within the song itself) affairs about love, addressing an unnamed woman and contemplating the state of their relationship over quietly picked acoustic guitars and the occasional bowed accent. His voice is soft and airy, timid and gentle to the point of fragility (it is extremely hard to believe when he sings "I scream that I wanna be anyone but me" in "Amy's Song" that he's not being hyperbolic), and layered as if he were a kind of sickly, half-rate Elliott Smith. The late singer is definitely a huge influence for Radin (he's even thanked in the liner notes), but while Smith was able convey emotion not just through his words but through his voice, Radin is so expressionless (besides the occasional breathy sigh), or at least monotonous in his expression, that even the happier pieces still sound as if they're being sung upon his deathbed. And while he does have some good lines ("There's a hole in my pocket that's about her size," "I keep your picture in my worn-through shoes"), many of his rhymes seem a little forced, almost corny ("Photographs and brightly colored paper/Are your masks you wear in this caper," he whispers in "Closer"), which greatly takes away from the profundity he's apparently trying to reach. Add this to the fact that the songs all have a very similar, redundant quality to them and suddenly We Were Here doesn't distinguish itself much from any other semi-talented male singer/songwriter. Except this one is a friend of Zach Braff's, which has clearly made all the difference. ~ Marisa Brown

    Date Released
    2012-05-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Joshua Radin
    Producer
    Chris Holmes
    Artists
    1. Radin, Joshua
    Distributor
    Sony Music Distribution (

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