Exposé Online banner

Joshua Charles — A Positive Flow
(Carealot Productions CARE01C, 1998, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2001-07-01

A Positive Flow Cover art

Hailing from New York City, Joshua Charles is the driving force behind this entire disc, compositionally as well as handling most of the instruments and the production. This is most definitely one of those “songwriter’s” albums, with people like Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson coming quickly to mind. A hint of Beatles can also be heard, including a cover of “Here There and Everywhere.” On the surface the songs lack pretension and are not overly complicated though a deeper study reveals considerable effort and care in their creation. Charles is also unafraid to add in odd or quirky twists to keep things just a little unbalanced. Subtle bits of humor (much of the disc seems to be a paean to Bosco chocolate flavored syrup!) and Charles’ undoubtedly interesting personality permeate the songs and I applaud him for having the confidence to create such a personal statement. It’s as if Josh Charles is looking out through these songs and speaking to the listener, inviting them to get to know him. The understated, almost quiet production job reinforces this friendliness without seeming forced. For those seeking intense instrumental workouts this is not the place to go, though for personal and sincere songwriting, I’d rate A Positive Flow a success.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 22, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Joshua Charles

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Visible Wind - Emergence – Apparently this is the Canadian band's third album. I was quite impressed initially by my first taste of this album, namely, the 14-minute opening medley "Emergence/Sweet Perdition." "Emergence" is an...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues