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Every Kingdom (2011)

Artist: Ben Howard
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Format: CD
Sku: 229878027
UPC: 602527958255
UPC 14: 00602527958255
Release Date: 4/3/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Old Pine ~ Ben Howard
2. Diamonds ~ Ben Howard
3. Wolves, The ~ Ben Howard
4. Everything ~ Ben Howard
5. Only Love ~ Ben Howard
6. Fear, The ~ Ben Howard
7. Keep Your Head Up ~ Ben Howard
8. Black Flies ~ Ben Howard
9. Gracious ~ Ben Howard
10. Promise ~ Ben Howard
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ben Howard (vocals, guitar, melodica, percussion); Chris Bond (vocals, guitars, accordion, keyboards, double bass, drums, percussion); India Bourne (vocals, ukulele, cello, keyboards).
Muze PNote Recording information: Assault And battery Studios, London; The Barn, Devon; The Premises Studio, London.
Muze PNote Photographers: Mickey Smith; Roddy Bow.
Muze PNote Risking arriving a little too late to the party, Devon-born 23-year-old Ben Howard is yet another young troubadour whose sound appears indebted to the '70s pastoral folk of John Martyn and Nick Drake. His debut album, Every Kingdom, therefore, has its work cut out for it from the offset if it's to make itself heard above similar recent efforts by the likes of Marcus Foster and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. But it's clear from the opening track, "Old Pine," a slow-burning epic that begins with some hushed choral harmonies before building into a strident slice of nu-folk, that this is a more intriguing affair. Indeed, considering that much of the album features nothing more than Howard's intricate fingerpicking guitar skills with the occasional flourishes of cello and percussion, it's remarkable that it's only toward the closing minimal acoustic balladry of "Gracious" and "Promise" that the evocative autumnal vibes begin to lose their appeal. That's partly down to Howard's versatile and intense vocals, which manage to capture the understatement of Jos? Gonz lez, the gruffness of Ray LaMontagne, and the soulfulness of James Morrison, without ever sounding like a tribute act, and partly down to the inventiveness displayed throughout its ten tracks, whether it's the military beats, sea shanty melodies, and howling wolf calls on "The Wolves," the burst of grandiose post-rock that interrupts the somber breakup song "Black Flies," or the buoyant campfire singalong of "The Fear." It's not clear whether Howard's stripped-back approach will cross over to the mainstream, as other than "Keep Your Head Up," a slightly more energetic rebel-rousing slice of folk-pop that found its way onto the Radio 1 playlist, its charms are more slow-burning than immediate. But it's an impressively timeless debut that suggests Howard should have no problem standing out from the overpopulated nu-folk crowd. ~ Jon O'Brien

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/03/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001658802
Music Label Name Label : Universal Republic
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527958255

Professional Reviews

Uncut (magazine)
(p.89)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a dreamy wisdom to Howard's simply arranged paeans to past relationships....[He is] an unusually poetic songwriter revelling in his proximity to nature."

Uncut (magazine)
(p.92)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The shimmering finger-picking and angelic backing vocals of 'Old Pine' build a cosy fireside vibe....The whispered midnight prayer of 'Promise,' shadowed by a haunting cello, is a thing of beauty."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Howard,Ben
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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