Love Is Overtaking me was probably the point where the Arthur Russell archive digging/barrel scraping should have perhaps quietly stopped. Some of the tracks particularly in the first half of the record don't do all that much good for his reputation. Dig a little deeper though and there are many gems to be found on this where his unusual structured and off kilter singing makes for some truly affecting music. So it's all worth it in the end. Dig deep, dig long.
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Beware Arthur Russell fans - proceed with caution - the first half of this album is dreadful & should, nperhaps, have never seen the light of day. home demos in a country-lite style - Mr Russell was known for discarding mountains of music and will be turning in his grave at the thought that people are paying for this. BUT BUT BUT the second half shows Russell in better form and at his most poppy which is still an odd discordant type of pop - but one that is quite remarkably effective - typically looping cellos and odd bass led melodies and the usual slightly discordant vocals. Some remarkable songs here one of which almost had me in tears. so as long as you know what you're getting is hit and miss and with the distant sound of barrels being scraped this is worth persevering with
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