"When I heard a review of this album on NPR a few months ago, I had to pull over to the side of the road and listen. I'd never heard of Joseph Arthur before, but the strength of his lyrics (what little I heard) made me wonder who he was and where I could find his work. I bought "Some to Where I'm From" and "Redemption's Son" at the same time and am now driving my coworkers crazy with it. I'm not usually the kind of person who slavers over an artist, but I now recommend those two albums to anyone I know who've lost love, faith, or perspective and think about how to get any of those things back. "Honey and the Moon" as well as "Exhausted" spoke to me on a visceral level and "Dear Lord" has converted a few of my friends to Joseph Arthur's introspective style and occasionally creepy imagery."
Album of the year or decade
Bic | United States | 12/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those that know Joseph Arthur, this is easily his best album to date..for those that don't let me put it this way. They just don't make albums like this much anymore. A journey of beauty and tension and poetry. He is a master of the art with few equals. I'd trade half my record collection for this one album."
Intensely personal and deeply moving
bluebeddy | 01/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I weary about whether Redemption's Son would be as amazing as Come To Where I'm From, but I was truly blown away by the variety of styles and songs in this new Joseph Arthur work. Not only is is amazingly sung and played, but Arthur seems to project a depth that makes the music feel so personal. The best songs on the disc would have to "September Baby", "Nation of Slaves", "Blue Lips", "You've Been Loved" as well as the title track. For anyone who wants to be emotionally moved, this is the disc to submerse yourself in. A musical wonder."
Struggles with Faith
WrtnWrd | Northridge, CA USA | 01/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's no getting around it: regardless of his actual faith, Joseph Arthur is a Christian folk rocker. Nothing wrong with that, just a fact that grounds the sixteen stellar tracks of his third release Redemption's Son. Though his belief runs deep, the thrill in his work is that his faith doesn't come without continuous struggle. Like his idol (and label-owner) Peter Gabriel, Arthur turns experience of the day-to-day into the epic. Unlike Gabriel, his music is still in touch with the simple verities. He keeps his progressive tendencies in check, relying on solid narrative details and the ragged beauty of his countertenor. The title cut, "Dear Lord", "Evidence" - each root their moral struggle in a recognizable situation: absentee father, social estrangement, addiction. The drawback is that every song reaches the same conclusion - there's nothing that God can't put right. Still, it's a testament to Arthur's gifts that the end doesn't nullify the journey."