Unabashed emotion has been on a major upswing, as the irony and sarcasm of hipsters has given way to starker feelings in today’s fraught world. Long-serving NYC musician Joseph Arthur has been no stranger to emotion, but maybe taps into it as best he’s ever done on Come Back World.
There are sly and wry pieces on World, like the wry titular opener and the sly single “Seek and Find”, but both still deliver intimate feelings. “Tomorrow Today” manages to be both hopeful and wistful, “Biggest Mistake” sweet and charming, while “Mayor of the Lower Eastside” is an on-the-ground love letter to the artistically fertile Manhattan neighborhood.
Joseph Arthur does not shy away from putting his heart on his sleeve with Come Back World, and he shouldn’t. The intimacy of the songwriting differentiates him from the giant bombast of millennial pop star emotion, keeping the quality high.