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Joseph Arthur‘s new album, “Lou” (Vanguard), is a moving tribute to the composer with Arthur singing 12 Reed songs with only his piano, acoustic guitar and a few, poignant vocal overdubs for company. “I made a rule,” Arthur writes in his liner notes, “no drums or electricity.” He stuck to it in a canny selection of hits and hidden genius.

The first track is “Walk on the Wild Side,” tenderly sung at a wounded crawl. But Lou really starts with the sharply drawn peril of “Sword of Damocles” from 1992’s Magic and Loss Album, framed in martial strumming and haunted piano. Arthur adds a high, distant vocal to “Stephanie Says,” as if Stephanie is in the room, singing back to him; “Heroin,” stripped of its original amplifier heat and John Cale‘s scalding viola, is a blues again; and “Wild Child,” a Velvets-era orphan revived by Reed for his self-titled 1972 debut, gets a gingerly hypnotizing third life.

Arthur, a friend of Reed‘s, says making this album was like “getting to hang out with Lou again. This was the only way to get close.” There is plenty of room for the rest of us too.

Joseph Arthur is a singer songwriter from Akron Ohio, Best known for his solo material, Combining Poetic Lyrics, building his catalouge through constant touring and acclaimed releases his live performances feature his skill using distortion and looping pedals with his shows being recorded live from the soundboard then made available to punters directly after the show. Discovered and signed by Peter Gabriel to his Real world Label. Arthur is also an acclaimed painter actually while performing Live singing his songs he will paint a canvas with a distinctive style  also for sale at his gigs.


Singer-songwriter  musician and painter Joseph Arthur was a big fan of and friend to Lou Reed. Arthur pays tribute to his mentor with an album of some of his favorite covers on “Lou” . Here Arthur performs his song “I Miss the Zoo” whilst painting. I saw him at the Musician venue last year in Leicester he truly is an awe inspiring artist. Arthur’s one man band live performances incorporate looping techniques and several distortion techniques. His live performances are recorded through to the last note and then burnt to CD-R. They are sold immediately to fans after the concert.


Joseph Arthur is truly an awe inspiring musican and also an incredible painter and artist, he has just released an album of Lou Reed songs, titled “Lou” . Lou Reed was a mentor and good friend to Arthur.

KEXP presents Joseph Arthur performing the songs of Lou Reed live in the studio. Recorded June 5, 2014.
Songs: “Coney Island Baby”, “Sword of Damocles”, “Dirty Boulevard” and “Heroin”