On "Our Shadows Will Remain," his fourth album and first for Vector, New York-based Joseph Arthur sets his sober lyrics against a gamut of pop stylings, ranging from the gravely quiet to the upbeat an

On "Our Shadows Will Remain," his fourth album and first for Vector, New York-based Joseph Arthur sets his sober lyrics against a gamut of pop stylings, ranging from the gravely quiet to the upbeat and rocking. Recorded in New Orleans and finessed in New York, the CD is richly textured and layered with guitars and a variety of keyboards. With anguished, raspy vocals, Arthur ups the volume on the catchy rocker "Can't Exist," smudges the grit on the loping "Stumble and Pain" (featuring the City of Prague Philharmonic) and soothes with the gently orchestrated ballad "Echo Park." With the angst factor high, Arthur crafts his most accessible and engaging CD to date.—DO