Nuclear Daydream

Joseph ArthurSeptember 19, 2006
Singer-Songwriter© 2006 Lonely Astronaut Records
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Nuclear Daydream is the fifth full-length album by Joseph Arthur, released on September 19, 2006. It was the first release through Joseph's own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records. The album version of "Enough to Get Away" was the first single in the UK to coincide with the album's release there. A music video was produced for "Slide Away," featuring Joseph and his band The Lonely Astronauts.
The album was released to positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly awarded the album 9.1 out of 10 stars, and Allmusic said of the album: "Without it ever deliberately going for the jugular, Nuclear Daydream is nevertheless an album that is difficult to shake out of your ears; moreover, it's one that only grows stronger with every repeated play."
Joseph discussed the making of Nuclear Daydream in an interview with Newsday:
Nuclear Daydream was reissued in Europe by Fargo Records on October 6, 2009 on CD and double heavyweight vinyl. The new edition includes six previously unreleased bonus tracks that were recorded during the album's sessions.

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Songs
1
Too Much to Hide3:18
2
Black Lexus3:14
3
Enough to Get Away2:47
4
Slide Away4:07
5
Electrical Storm4:50
6
You Are Free4:15
7
Automatic Situation3:29
8
When I was Running Out of Time3:01
9
Don't Tell Your Eyes3:13
10
Don't Give Up on People2:36
11
Woman4:49
12
Nuclear Daydream4:20
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Additional Information

Total length
43:59
Tracks
12
Released
September 19, 2006
Label
© 2006 Lonely Astronaut Records
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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