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  • Audio CD (11 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00272NHQ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Apologise
2. If I Let the Ladder Down
3. Stalemate (Feat. Joss Stone)
4. Battling Giants (Feat. Jason Mraz)
5. Questions and Answers
6. Therapy
7. She Is Love
8. What If I?
9. All Played Out
10. Should I Believe You?
11. Interlude
12. Bitter End
13. Letters
14. Should I Believe You? (Acoustic Version)
15. Stalemate (Feat. Anastacia)

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CD Description

Ben's Brother is London-born Jamie Hartman. Battling Giants follows his debut album Beta-Male Fairytales, which contained the Ivor Novello Award-nominated single "Let Me Out". An experienced songwriter who has written with an array of the UK’s premier artists, including the likes of Will Young, Lemar, Beverley Knight, McFly, Jack MacManus, Emma Bunton, Natalie Imbruglia, David Jordan and Tom Baxter (and penned Will Young’s hit "All Time Love"), Battling Giants features performances from Joss Stone (on "Stalemate") and Jason Mraz (on "Battling Giants").

BBC Review

They're apt to split opinion, much like an unmentionable sandwich spread. But tastes aside, Jamie Hartman's five-piece band has created a marketable sophomore that indie-pop fans will devour.

Drama, emotion and good, old-fashioned song writing reign supreme as Brit boy Hartman delivers 'Apologise- co-written with Natalie Imbruglia. Already a radio favourite, this opener is cheesier than a platter of cheddar, yet you can't argue its catchiness.

If I Let The Ladder Down follows suit with oodles of Beachboys-esque guitar riffs and American diner appeal. Next up, soul diva Joss Stone picks up the mic on big ballad Stalemate, balancing Hartman's indie-pop vocal perfectly. Sadly, Stone's forced warblings seriously grate towards the end of this otherwise potential hit.

The title track saves everybody's day with its down-tempo, sophisticated, gliding melodies and a gleaming feature from platinum pop-rock boy Jason Mraz. Even brighter shines the upbeat Questions & Answers; brimming with punchy strings and staccato vocals.

What goes up must come down and even the most advanced hairstylist could not compete with lowlight Therapy. Drama school tutors will love it and that's where the admiration ends.

She Is Love is equally as over-emotional with high-pitched whimpers and lyrics like, ''Here I go again, skating on the ice/And it's silly!''.

More filler follows until All Played Out pops up out of the blue with summery hints of new school Zero 7 and festival-friendly crescendos. Final melancholy number Letters ends things nicely on an album that yields numerous potential hit singles yet does little to leap out from the pack. --Elle J Small

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott on 11 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having spent months waiting for the infamous second album, expecting the usual drop in quality most groups suffer from after "changing direction" I was highly disappointed..

Beware this album is FAR FAR BETTER than the excellent Beta Male Fairytales, Jamie's songwriting has moved up to another level and if my insignificant opinion can be believed, this album will propel Bens Brother into the highest level of British mainstream pop.

Having seem this band work there socks off over the last two years, this album will hopefully repay all that hard work.

From the title track to the duet with Josh Stone, through the exceptional ballads All Played Out and Letters, this album is full of quality through and through, buy it immediately.........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vickiplum on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This group should be far better known as really great sounds and this is as good if not better than their first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 29 Sept. 2010
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Jamie Hartman has a unique voice. Battling Giants is superb and I highly recommend it as well as Ben's Brother previous CD, Beta Male Fairytales. Buy now, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angelicann on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing one song from it on the radio and then reading reviews about it. I'm so glad I did. I haven't been this excited about a CD I've bought in ages. The music is catchy and the lyrics are beautiful and I find myself singing along even when listening on my MP3 player out walking somewhere. Apologise, Let The Ladder Down & Stalemate are my favourite songs so far. Therapy is also a really quirky & amusing song. I can't wait to hear more from them.
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I am a massive fan of Ben's Brother and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this album. Suffice to say it has exceeded my expectations and has proved that there are bands today that can release a second album as good as their first! The collaborations with Joss Stone (who gets a bit incessant by the end of the track), and Jason Mraz (can't actually hear him, but i believe he arranged the backing vox) add a nice touch to the album, but frankly the band can cope on their own just fine. I heard them do both the collaboration tracks live without Joss/Jason, and they were equally as good, if not better. Plus they're lovely guys, so BUY IT!
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Bens Brother are one of my more relaxing bands that I really enjoy listening to and they write excellent songs. With the first Bens Brother album Beta Male Fairytales the main subject matter of the songs was very much to do with a relationship break up. That subject matter is still here a little with such songs as Apologise and Should I Believe You? which are both great songs. Overall this is a more happy album with great lyrics and some wonderful relaxing tunes. I really like the track Stalemate with "Joss Stone" singing with them and if you liked their first album then I see no reason why you would'nt enjoy this one too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Verena E. Evans on 15 Jan. 2011
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Having heard Dermott O'Leary interview him one Saturday afternoon on Radio 2 I wanted to hear more.
No one will be disappointed who buys this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Antoniou on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Not mind-blowing but great for certain moods.
Deserve to buy it just for ''Stalemate'' though the version with Anastacia is better, in my opinion...
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