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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was written while in Mexico.
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  1. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Though it’s essentially a finely-crafted guitar pop record, Arthur Buck also finds room for enough angles, quirks and adroitly-employed electronica to keep it interesting and it rarely puts a foot wrong as a result.
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    Throughout, the music on Arthur Buck is upbeat and eclectic, even playful, offering a contrast to the lyrics. One might say that Arthur and Buck's spirited playing and programming make the medicine go down smoother.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 13, 2018
    70
    Arthur stacks his vocals throughout, while his arching guitars, concussive programmed drums and resounding handclaps interlock with Buck's springy rhythm beds. [Jul 2018, p.24]
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 25, 2018
    70
    A paradoxical mixture of bashed-together informality and studio finesse, a record that seems to evolve as it goes along. [Aug 2018, p.86]
  5. 60
    The result is sometimes sublime, sometimes noisy and chaotic.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jun 13, 2018
    60
    Despite the relaxed setting, these songs have a restless urgency. [Summer 2018, p.106]
  7. Jun 14, 2018
    57
    The two started jamming together and the songs evolved organically. Before the duo knew it, they had an album’s worth of songs. And that’s basically what the album sounds like--two guys of a certain age doing stuff they think is really cool that only winds up being cool to guys of a certain age.

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