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Braveface
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It's these times of bland, almost dishonest sounding, lazy music, there is a small glimmer of hope....Esser. Somewhere between 1996 and 2009 British music has lost it's Britishness and become a turgid industry. Britpop was seen as a fad by the evil media, when infact, it was good old honest British music - not overly clever or grand or complicated - just good music.

Esser reminds me of the days of early Blur, and to some extent Elastica. This isn't as rocky or hard as these two bands were but the cheekiness and honesty of the music is certainly similar.

'Headlock' is superb but the rest of the songs are all good in thier own right and work well together as an album. I would have liked a couple more songs, and can't understand why excellent b-sides 'Maybe in the morning' & 'Long Arms' have not been added to push the album to 40 minutes, but maybe in 2009 people can't concentrate on an album that's more than 10 songs?
I hope this album inspires more people to create similar music, as more is needed. Long live Brit-pop!!!
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on 30 June 2009
Esser is fun, full of energy and a joy.Standout tracks on the album are Braveface, she's never satisfied and baby i'm leaving town. Great album to make you feel god.
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on 5 May 2009
Esser's debut album doesn't disappoint,at a short & sweet 10 tracks it will no doubt leave you wanting more. Well known tracks 'Headlock','Work It Out' and THE track of 2008-'Satisfied' are all featured here as well as quite a stunner called 'Bones'.
Definitely one to watch after this album..Esser's going to be massive.
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on 20 April 2013
good cd seems they don't get the coverage they deserve but a lot of competition I suppose. Not sure what genre I would put them in but I would say ska influenced pop perhaps like early madness
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on 14 May 2009
A friend of mine put me on to Esser back when he had a Myspace site but no realeases to buy. There's no nepotism here but he did use to drum for said mate's group in a previous incarnation and I'm very glad to have been given the head's up and an early demo track to listen to.

Tracks like 'Headlock', 'Satisfied' and 'Leaving Town' - well all of them dammit - display a fine wit and playfulness in the lyrical content that finds a perfect backing in the funky, driven and yet poppy songs. Rhythms underpin the catchy hooks in a danceable way so his years a drummer weren't wasted. Unlike other cheeky and witty acts Esser stands the test of time in that he has real songs that you will want to hear again and again. I first heard 'Headlock' ages ago and have been singing it in my head ever since.

True, 'I love you' does sound close to Whitetown's 'Your woman' and others have already pointed out a similarity to early Blur. The LP cover is pure Viva Hate era Morrissey and there's something refreshingly English in Esser's lyrics at a time when over-polished American crud and its British derivatives clog up the once-important charts. Funnily enough, when I searched my i-Tunes library for Esser it brought up his songs (odd that) and Morrissey's 'Hairdresser on fire'. Ben Esser's crimper was certainly on fire when he did that barnet. Note: probably jealousy on my part as my nature seems to to have taken a scorched earth approach to my hair and I would love to be able to sport a fine DA like that.

In short, buy this and, undoubtedly if you have taste and want to be entertained, enjoy it. There are other Chelmsford and nearby bands worth checking out as well such as: Things We Lost in the Fire (he used to drum for them under another name), Neat People, Cat House (unless they have a new name) and The Shared Nightmare Club.

'Bury me in sand like a knackered stallion,' classic.
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