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Love Is Overtaking Me

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B001GKPWA6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 21 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Russell's `Love Is Overtaking Me' compiles previously unreleased material from the critically regarded but somehow commercially overlooked artist's archive. Ranging from Dylanesque folk, country and angular art pop from the 1970s through to the final home recordings before his death in 1991, the album provides a fascinating portrait of a restless innovator and songwriter whose journey reflects two generations of musical transformation. I don't want to make it sound as if Russell was just a musical magpie since every style he appropriated he made his own, and the tracks on `Love Is Overtaking Me' are linked by a sonic playfulness, a lightness of touch and an melodic insouciance. They are are also linked in that they depict a particular side of Russell's work, the - for lack of a better expression - singer-songwriter side (i.e., intimate, lyrical and often romantic) as opposed to his more avant-garde explorations, electronic experiments and disco (some of which released under various pseudonyms). It is also worth noting that this should not be viewed by the novice (for I am new to Russell too) as simply an outtakes and rarities collection for the hardcore fans and completists, as Russell had vast archives of unreleased material and was known for being a pained perfectionist who could not finish anything. This is a fact belied by the music, which often has a breezy, almost casual brilliance.

Over 21 tracks there is a little, but not a lot, variation in quality; but given the brevity of songs `Love Is Overtaking Me' is not the mammoth collection it initially seems. Many tracks focus on Russell's lyrical concerns: bittersweet small town narratives, everyman streams of consciousness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By retail unit on 29 April 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Pretty good selection of early stuff by Mr Russell. If you're more a fan of the house stuff or the world of echo cello based music then you might be a bit disappointed as there is by and large a more conventional feel to the songs. However, that is no bad thing as some of them are total classics, "I couldn't say it to your face", and "Close my eyes" are truely great songs in a 70's counrty style, like a cooler Glen Cambell, (not that it would be hard to be cooler than Glen Cambell). "Time away" sounds like a very early song, in which Arthur tells us about how he is going to tidy his room, it's great. The later half of the album has a more jaunty house feel, a little like Talking Heads but still stamped with the individual flavour that could only be Arthur Russell. The high point for me though is "Eli", it's, I presume, an early version of his solo cello and voice songs about a poor old dog that nobody likes. It's hauntingly beautiful and insanely catchy at the same time. I found myself singing it for days, or wailing it, or whatever. Anyway if your a fan already you should invest as it's a really intresting body of work from an artist you probably thought you knew, but didn't, (is there anything Russell couldn't do?). If you don't know him that well, buy it anyway, the man's a very singular talent, I've compared him to other artists in this review but really no-one sounds quite like Arthur Russell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Boyle on 14 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
The other reviews here are spot on. I would merely be echoing their sentiments (mainly acoustic, all quite similar), so I will keep this relatively short.

There is a charm to Arthurs work that is quite inherent, an innocence in his work that is utterley disarming and which at once can entrance you quite literally. I find myself completely transported listening to his little narratives on this release, 'This Time Dad Your Wrong' and 'I Couldn't Say It To Your Face' are exquisite, rough gems.

An unheralded genius.... at anything he tried and Jesus did he try a lot.

Much love x
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Gideon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When listening to Arthur Russell, you should always expect the unexpected. The Iowan angel had such talent for music that in his short life he managed to contribute in a major way to many genres, from minimalist/classical composition to disco anthems via funk, country and cello-driven chamber pop.

This latest instalment from his huge legacy (one thousand tapes, reportedly) focuses on his songwriting ability. The beautiful cover image, though, is a little misleading; you think this is a country/folk album and the first songs do mine this direction, but soon the tracklist nimbly veers towards '70s rock-soul, disco-pop and funk-wave, not forgetting the odd voice/cello track. Like we said: expect the unexpected.

What remains the same, however, is the quality. With twenty-one tracks spanning two decades (1973 - 1990), LOVE IS OVERTAKING ME is full of gems ready to trap you in their golden, sinuous charm. The sound is sparse and often in demo form, but such is Mr Russell's ability as a songwriter and singer (that crisp, melancholic voice!) that you cannot help wondering why some of these songs did not become hits. The title track, HABIT OF YOU, THE LETTER or YOUR MOTION SAYS should have graced the airwaves in the '80s. It is a pity that they were never released. Luckily we can now make up for the lost time, and even marvel at Mr Russel's way with words: his haiku-deep lyrics exude great warmth and tenderness, working as a perfect cure for these hard, ruthless times.

So love comes back. Sometimes. Who would have thought it?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
gently beautiful 3 Jun 2009
By katie austin - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I am enamored of this album. It's delicate, beautiful, gritty. When you hear Arthur Russell, it feels simultaneously brand new and completely familiar. I imagine this is because so many contemporary artists have been influenced by him that his sound was popularized before many people had even heard his own music.

If you're looking for the folky, poppy, strong-on-lyrical-song writing album, this is the one. The others tend to be a bit more experimental and electronic. Still, this album doesn't lack for originality, and AR's experimental side is evident throughout.

buy it, for sure.
Five Stars 10 Sep 2014
By ChelseaD - Published on
Format: Audio CD
all good
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