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3.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the barrel!, 18 April 2012
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This review is from: Every Kingdom (2CD + DVD Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Every Kingdom is such a good debut album that the prospect of a "de-luxe" edition with a CD of extra tracks and a DVD was met with positive expectations. Unfortunately the extras are little more than rejects that would, if included in the original album, have done nothing but dilute the quality of it. The weaknesses in Ben's voice are quite surprising as he is barely in tune on most of the bonus tracks and it did not make for enjoyable listening at all. The dvd is pretty good however; nothing that we haven't seen televised in a promotional sense, but really enjoyable nonetheless. The significant feeling that comes across however,without undue cynicism, is that Ben, India et al are privileged, rich kids who embrace the neo-folk/neo hippie surfer culture with all the smugness and solipsism of those for whom every day is a kind of Sunday. The second album will be make or break.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2012 15:49:04 BDT
Harry Clulow says:
I think you are way off the mark here. Ben Howard is one of the most talented, original and promising folk acts we've seen for a long time. He mixes great lyrics and vocals with fantastically and deeply melodic music consisting of an original and inspiring guitar, warm rich strings and sharp interesting backing guitar and percussion. Their live performance only enhance this and most would agree they are better live with the pure energy they put into their performances. As for your remark about them being "privileged, rich kids" who " embrace the... hippie surfer culture with all the smugness and solipsism of those for whom every day is a kind of Sunday" you'd be wrong. In fact, although he rose up through the surf world he does not like to be seen as just a typical surf musician and to be thrown in with the same stereotype that Jack Johnson and the likes are cast in. He trys to keep the two worlds separate. They are also not smug and privileged, they are very down to earth and normal, they don't wear flashy clothes, they don't lead a rock star life style. They're just about good fun and great honest music. The bonus CD is a further fantastic attribute to his already great album and EP's. The DVD may only have a couple of exclusive videos like you said but the purpose is to let fans see videos in HQ with some exclusives as a thanks for buying the album. His up-coming EP will no doubt be excellent and interesting with his explorations into styles of music using an electric guitar.

Posted on 21 Sep 2012 07:08:36 BDT
A. Mackie says:
Troll review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2012 07:30:00 BDT
Callum Doone says:
Expressing a view articulately does not constitute troll behaviour. However, when a person responds disagreeably in abusive terms, that is troll behaviour. So, it is plain to see that my review is not born of malice. The troll is you.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 19:46:39 BDT
Mr. S Wright says:
However your view constitutes a severe lack in actual evidence. I presume you have never seen or heard Ben live at a gig because without a doubt this is when he is at his best not just performance wise but vocally. In response to the live tracks on the album you are so very mistaken he has such an amazing and unique voice that is always in tune. Finally does it matter where he or anyone comes from or how someone is brought up to the music they make?

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 17:36:10 GMT
Sam says:
Killjoy, tut.
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