Simple Times

Simple Times

by Joshua Radin


2008 was a banner year for the Hotel Café, whose popularity soared as songwriters like Priscilla Ahn, Meiko, and Ingrid Michaelson -- three artists who routinely graced the Hollywood venue's stage -- all released fine albums. The Café's female alumni hit the road in late 2008 as part of the Hotel Café Tour, allowing Joshua Radin the chance to release his own record during the lull. Simple Times is the songwriter's second album, building on the hushed guitar 'n' vocals combo that helped push his debut effort, 2006's We Were Here, onto the soundtracks of several television shows. His craft has improved since then -- after all, We Were Here featured his earliest attempts at songwriting, appearing only two years after his decision to give music a shot -- but Radin still struggles with the balance between mood and melody. Simple Times is a warm, easygoing album geared for Sunday afternoons and Monday mornings; even so, its most interesting moments only occur when Radin invites somebody else into the vocal booth. Meiko lends her voice to "Sky," the album's most memorable pop song, while the up-and-coming songbird Erin McCarley harmonizes throughout "They Bring Me to You." Radin could use the musical input of those two artists, yet he relegates their role to that of a background vocalist, forcing them to sing major thirds over melodies that, frankly, pale in comparison to the girls' own material. The presence of Patty Griffin during "You Got Growing Up to Do" shows that Radin's potential may be evident to more veteran songwriters, too, but it's nevertheless muddled on this record, which offers a pleasant listen but fails to pack the melodic wallop of Radin's Hotel Café peers.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Mom & Pop Music
UPC: 0858275001037
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Radin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Mandolin
Rob Schnapf   Guitar
Joey Waronker   Drums
Jesse Harris   Guitar
Oliver Kraus   Strings,Cello
Jonathan Flaugher   Bass
Jason Borger   Piano,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Danny Levine   Brass
Danny Levine   Brass
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Schnapf   Producer,Audio Production
Autumn de Wilde   Cover Photo
Alexa Wilkinson   Art Direction

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Simple Times 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KB-90 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Joshua Radin fan! This album was played in Barnes & Noble and I fell in love with it and bought it. I listen to it all the time! He is an incredibly talented singer/song writer. I've had the pleasure of seeing him live and he is PHENOMENAL live! One of the best cds ever, i highly recommend it! Every song on this album is packed with great lyrics and great music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The songs really grow on you.
StinkyMD More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to Joshua Radin on Scrubs. He's become one of my favorite artists. I have his CD's on in my car radio most of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This CD is the perfect complement to a lazy day at home or a long road trip. The songs are completely relaxing and always manage to brighten up my day. Joshua Radin's voice is soothing and the bad day I have had just seems to disappear. Definitely buy this CD, you won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good chill music! Honestly, the first time I listend to Simple Times, I wasn't really into it. It is one of those albums you have to give it time to grow on you. The more I listened the more I liked it.
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