Arthur Russell

Another Thought |  Orange Mountain
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 26, 2006
3.0 3.0 Stars
Following the 2004 release of Calling Out of Context comes yet another posthumous Arthur Russell session. Russell, who died in 1992, at age 33, has the purest, sweetest voice, a baritone with a tenor range. Here he plays the cello in accompaniment and is often joined by percussion on a disc that feels even more introspective than Calling Out of Context. The most delicate of support music, it accentuates the delicacy of his singing. His usual topic is himself: his loneliness; his search (unsuccessful but always optimistic) for real, physical love; his daydreams. As always with Russell, who was one of the disco era’s most imaginative humorists, the search takes place in a dance-music context full of exotic rhythms recalling the music of Dr. Buzzard’s Savannah Band. Except that the Savannah Band never offered songs like “Losing My Taste for the Night Life,” “My Tiger, My Timing,” or “Me for Real,” in which Russell ponders the regretful effects of growing, well, out of context.
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