Redemption City

Joseph ArthurJanuary 18, 2012
Singer-Songwriter℗ 2016 Lonely Astronaut LLC, under exclusive license to High Romance Music Inc. Marketed by True North Records.
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Redemption City is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, self-released as a digital download on January 18 2012. A double album, fans were given the option to download the release for free, or make a donation. A limited vinyl release is available to purchase from Arthur's official site. Regarding the album's unconventional and immediate release following its completion, Arthur stated, "Please don’t take the method, or the freedom, of this release to be any judgment on its value. [...] It's great to take advantage of what the internet is actually good at - immediacy. This is the first time I've released something while still inhabiting its space."

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Disc 1

Songs
1
Travels As Equals6:01
2
Wasted Days5:12
3
Mother Of Exiles3:46
4
Yer Only Job4:19
5
I Miss the Zoo5:31
6
There With Me2:53
7
No Surrender Comes For Free4:32
8
Night Clothes4:33
9
Redemption City4:41
10
Barriers3:00
11
You're Not The Only One5:12
12
So Far From Free5:11

Disc 2

Songs
1
Surrender To The Storm11:38
2
Fractures4:23
3
Free Freedom4:08
4
Touched3:42
5
Follow3:42
6
Kandinsky5:01
7
Humanity Fade5:22
8
Sleepless3:25
9
It Takes A Lot of Time To Live In The Moment2:30
10
Visit Us3:39
11
I Am The Mississippi4:16
12
Travels As Equals (Reprise)5:40
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Additional Information

Total length
1:52:17
Tracks
24
Released
March 15, 2016
Label
℗ 2016 Lonely Astronaut LLC, under exclusive license to High Romance Music Inc. Marketed by True North 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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