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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
  • ASIN: B004IM1PWI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Will Breathe You In 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Toil 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Shower of Bastards 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. They Will Float Your Body Out to Sea 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted to Be Her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (The Postal Service Cover) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ben Marwood is a singer/songwriter and he comes from Reading.
He favours the troubador approach; a man and his guitar who
together with a few willing friends has delivered a fine album
with 'Outside There's A Curse'. There are ten tracks in the
collection; some of them are sad and others are very funny indeed!

'Singalong' is a corker! Mr Marwood drolly reminds us that a
beard may be a necessary evil to suffer if he is to be allowed
to play in folk clubs across the land. It is a jolly tune with
some ribald pedal steel guitar and banjo thrown in for good
measure. With a little practice the song may well be memorable
enough for us to sing along to. (After a few pints of mild I
can usually be counted upon to make a fool of myself!)

The style is a little bit country, a little bit folksy and
cute and clever in equal measure in a home-made kind of way.
Mr Marwood has a very good voice; a little rough around the edges
but with a capacity to communicate a wide range of emotions.
'Toil' is a splendid example of his control of both the words
and the melody. He slaps his guitar for emphasis here and there
which adds an appealing level of spontaneity to the performance.

The recording has a one-take live feel running all the way through.
Many of the scratchings and mutterings and verbal asides are left
in which makes one feel as though we could almost be in the studio
with him. There is a freshness and immediacy about all that we hear.

'Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted To Be Her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway'
(apart from being a strong contender for song-title of the year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sanderson to you on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ben Marwood - Singer/songwriter and all round decent chap, finally sees the release of his debut album on Xtra Mile Records. And a fine, fine debut it is too. Some of the songs have been around for a number of years, being staple ingredients in the live show. Some songs are very new... and are fine additions to what is already a songbook full of quality (check out the mini album, "This Is Not What You Had Planned" for proof).

The main musical focus on the album is acoustic guitar, picked or strummed, and enhanced by steel guitar, occasional drums and bass. However, the compelling element of every song are Ben's words. Besides the immensely catchy "Singalong", there is an undercurrent in the theme of the songs - love, but unrequited; desire, often unfulfilled; expectation, often unfounded. The lyric of each and every song pulls you in, forces you to think, encourages you to look into yourself and question your very being. Powerful, powerful stuff. However, this is no Maudling lament... there are splashes of humour throughout. To get Whoopi Goldberg AND Patrick Swayze into a song that also has a reference to Lost deserves the highest praise. Damn... This album is FUN too.

In an age where Mumford and Sons can receive critical acclaim and worldwide sales, (and support Bob Dylan!) there is a place in this world for "Outside There's A Curse". Not as overtly and cynically commercial as some , rarely seen in a waistcoat, but far better for it. Add this to your virtual wobbly-wheeled shopping trolley now..... it will be the best addition to your musical landscape that you will ever make.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ells on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ben Marwood's first full album, released on Xtra Mile Recordings, Outside There's a Curse is a heartfelt collection of intimate acoustic songs with clever lyrical twists. With a hefty dose of cynicismn tempered with honesty and few gentle swipes at modern culture, this is an interesting listen.

There's something charming about Ben's voice, sometimes soothing, sometimes gruff, it carries the record, tying the album together through tracks which vary in tone.

Stand out tracks: Singalong (fuller in instrumentation than some other tracks on the album, it's a catchy little number), I Will Breathe You In, and the final track - an acoustic cover of Postal Service's The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.

Prize for the best song title has to go to Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted to be her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway.

This is an excellent piece of work, and I have a feeling that this is just the beginning for Mr Marwood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Moloney on 10 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think everybody should buy this cassette because young Ben's put a lot of work into it and writes some really lovely songs and is the best singer I know as well.

If you get the chance you should go to one of his live concerts as well because he has a lovely smile and is a all-round great chap. He's really funny and smart and a great catch if there's any girls out there.

And he's not the angry boy some people make him out to be, he's really nice and mannerly and I think everyone should buy this cassette now, I loved it.
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