Nuclear Daydream

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Nuclear Daydream
Studio album by Joseph Arthur
Released September 19, 2006
(See release history)
Recorded 2005-2006,
Berlin and Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Length 44:00
64:56 (with bonus tracks)
Label Lonely Astronaut Records
Producer Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur chronology
The Invisible Parade & We Almost Made It
(2006)
Nuclear Daydream
(2006)
Let's Just Be
(2007)
Alternative cover
2009 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Alternative Press 8/10[citation needed]
Billboard 8/10[citation needed]
Comfort Comes 8/10 link
EW.com 9.1/10 #95, Sept 2006
New York Magazine 8/10[citation needed]
Paste 9/10 #79, Nov 2006
Pitchfork Media 6.6/10 link
Q 4/5 stars[1]

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."[2]

Joseph discussed the making of Nuclear Daydream in an interview with Newsday:[3]

Nuclear Daydream was reissued in Europe by Fargo Records on October 6, 2009 on CD (in a mini-LP sleeve with lyrics booklet) and double heavyweight vinyl (in a gatefold sleeve). The new edition includes six previously unreleased bonus tracks that were recorded during the album's sessions.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joseph Arthur

No. Title Length
1. "Too Much to Hide"   3:18
2. "Black Lexus"   3:14
3. "Enough to Get Away"   2:47
4. "Slide Away"   4:07
5. "Electrical Storm"   4:50
6. "You Are Free"   4:15
7. "Automatic Situation"   3:29
8. "When I Was Running Out of Time"   3:01
9. "Don't Tell Your Eyes"   3:13
10. "Don't Give Up on People"   2:36
11. "Woman"   4:49
12. "Nuclear Daydream"   4:20
Side Three: 2009 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Can't Let You Stay"   3:54
14. "Moon in the Skull (Long Way Down)"   4:03
15. "Flashing Lights and Cockfights"   3:35
16. "My Eyes Follow You"   3:07
17. "I Love You"   3:39
18. "Hard to See"   2:39

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United States September 19, 2006 Lonely Astronaut Records CD LA001
United Kingdom September 3, 2007 14th Floor Records CD 5051442 3238 2 5
France October 6, 2009 Fargo Records Digital download
CD (reissue) FR21187
November 2, 2009 Double 12" vinyl FR21188

Singles[edit]

Album credits[edit]

  • All songs written and produced by Joseph Arthur.
    • Additional production on "Too Much to Hide" by David Kosten.
    • Additional production on "Electrical Storm" and "When I Was Running Out of Time" by Mark Bihler.
    • Additional production on "Nuclear Daydream" by Gary Go and Andreas Wickmann.
  1. "Too Much to Hide"
    • Joseph Arthur: guitars, bass, synth and vocals
    • Brian Geltner: drums
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur, Matt Boynton and David Kosten
    • Additional mixing and synth by David Kosten
    • Recorded by Matt Boynton and Dawn Landes
  2. "Black Lexus"
    • Joseph Arthur: all instruments and vocals
    • Recorded and mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mathias Schneeberger
  3. "Enough to Get Away"
    • Joseph Arthur: all instruments and vocals
    • Recorded and mixed by Joseph Arthur, Mike Napolitano and Mathias Schneeberger
  4. "Slide Away"
    • Joseph Arthur: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, synth, lead and background vocals
    • Kenny Siegal: lead guitar and background vocals
    • Recorded and mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mathias Schneeberger
    • Additional engineering by Mike Napolitano
  5. "Electrical Storm"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitar, bass, theremin and vocals
    • Mark Bihler: Russian synths
    • Gary Go: piano
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mark Bihler
    • Recorded by Vitaliano Zurlo
  6. "You Are Free"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synth, percussion, lead and background vocals
    • Rene Lopez: drums
    • Joan Wasser: violin
    • Kenny Siegal: background vocals
    • Recorded and mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mathias Schneeberger
    • Additional engineering by Mike Napolitano
  7. "Automatic Situation"
    • Joseph Arthur: electric piano, bass, synth, lead and background vocals
    • Sean Porres, a.k.a. "Y": background vocals and sha energy
    • Hoss: drums
    • Recorded by Mathias Schneeberger and "Y"
  8. "When I Was Running Out of Time"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitars and vocals
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mark Bihler
    • Recorded by Mark Bihler and Vitaliano Zurlo
  9. "Don't Tell Your Eyes (Jesus Loves You More Than You Know)"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitar, drums, piano and vocals
    • Mark Bihler: drum machine and hohner rhythm
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mark Bihler
    • Recorded by Mark Bihler and Vitaliano Zurlo
  10. "Don't Give Up on People"
    • Joseph Arthur: piano, bass, drums, synth and vocals
    • Recorded and mixed by Joseph Arthur
    • Additional engineering by Mike Napolitano
  11. "Woman"
    • Joseph Arthur: guitar, drums and vocals
    • Recorded by Joseph Arthur
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur and Mathias Schneeberger
  12. "Nuclear Daydream"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitar, bass and vocals
    • Gary Go: piano and synth
    • Recorded by Gary Go and Andreas Wickmann
    • Mixed by Joseph Arthur, Gary Go and Andreas Wickmann
  13. "Can't Let You Stay"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitar and vocals
  14. "Moon in the Skull (Long Way Down)"
    • Joseph Arthur: guitars, synthesizer, percussion and vocals
    • Greg Wieczorek: drums
  15. "Flashing Lights and Cockfights"
    • Joseph Arthur: acoustic guitar, bass and vocals
    • Gary Go: piano
  16. "My Eyes Follow You"
    • Joseph Arthur: bass, synthesizer, percussion and vocals
    • Greg Wieczorek: drums
  17. "I Love You"
    • Joseph Arthur: all instruments and vocals
  18. "Hard to See"
    • Joseph Arthur: all instruments and vocals
  • Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering, Inc.
  • Artwork by Davies.
  • Photographs by Cerise Leang.
  • Design by Davies and Cerise Leang.
  • Layout by Cerise Leang, Konsol and Lauren Pattenaude.

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