- Audio CD (26 May 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Relentless
- ASIN: B000YW96AE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Beta Male Fairytales CD
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Frontman and songwriter Jamie Hartman's voice is striking. Striking in that he sounds eerily like Rod Stewart. Sometimes that works to the band's advantage, and sometimes you have to remind yourself that you're not listening to a tribute band.
He sounds best when accompanied by simple piano lines, strings or an organ - simple clean arrangements that frame his voice perfectly. But occasionally you wonder what Hartman would sound like if he really let rip - would he be as raucous as Rod?
If you're looking for something with some edge or bite, then Beta Male Fairytales is not one for you. It is the kind of album that could happily play in the background to whatever else you are doing, sometimes demanding your attention, but mostly washing over you in a soft, undemanding, pleasant way.
Tracks ''Bad Dream'' and ''Time ''stand out from the rest, and are sure to be a hit with those liking Paolo Nutini and Norah Jones. The highlight of the album is ''I Am Who I Am'', which is genuinely beautiful in both its melody and lyrics. But others such as ''Carry On'' sound as if you have heard them a thousand times before, and not in a good way.
To give Hartman his credit, he does know how to write a chorus that sticks in your head, as shown on ''Find me an Angel'', ''Live'' and first single ''Rise''. And all of the songs here are well crafted, building inexorably to their peaks.
There is nothing wrong with this album. It is perfectly pleasant and is packed with great melodies. It simply feels like it's lacking a bit of passion and pace. Then again, the band have only been together for a year and this is their debut album. Maybe their second offering will have a bit of kick to it. --Helen Groom
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Top Customer Reviews
The songs (often guitar based) contain some beautiful lyrics and arrangements and all the songs have an immediate impact. I think Ben's Brother are going to be very big...I hope so.
I agree with the other reviewers - there are echoes of both the Stereophonics and Keane in terms of style, and the lead vocalist's voice does sound reminiscent of Rod Stewart. But in spite of this, Ben's Brother have very much their own sound!
Highlights on the album for me are the delicate and beautiful 'Bad Dream' and, of course 'Let it out'.
I highly recommend this!!!
I love the album, only one thing the tracks seems so familiar that I feel I have been listening to it for ages (not a bad thing).
The sound very much reminds me of Rod Stewart and Stereophonics.
I love to play this really loudly, it has some great tracks.
then it's been a bit of a wait for the album, and people have just had the snippets on BB's myspace page to listen to in between ....
listening to it all again today, Rise, Beauty Queen and Let me Out are the standout tracks... I have to say that BB are different and comparisons to Travis (possibly Driftwood is a bit similar) and Stereophonics (maybe Carrot cake and wine) are mostly unfounded.
I do recommend this album - you will be humming 'Rise' for weeks, I guarantee it .... am predicting a decent length career for these guys - enjoy...
This is yet another album without any tracks that you'd absolutely die for, but instead has a consistently good, easy-paced, quality all throughout the album, making for a rewarding and enjoyable listen. In fact, when I first listened to 'Beta Male Fairytales', I almost wanted to not like it, given it's gentle pace and obviously mainstream appeal, but I just couldn't pass it by, given the beauty and craft of the songwriting. Songs such as 'Let Me Out' have an assurance of a band who could quite easily be on their fifth release and yet this is their debut. That fact alone makes this collection of songs all the more remarkable.
There just isn't a bad song on this album and I can see my affection for Ben's Brother growing with each listen. I wouldn't recommend this to indie snobs, but for people who readily enjoy the likes of Paul McCartney, Crowded House and, yes, early Rod Stewart, I would urge them to give Ben's Brother a spin. I warn you, though, you may not want to enjoy this, but you most probably will.
If I was forced to make a choice, my favourite tracks would have to be Let Me Out and God By Another Name, but it is a difficult decision because they are honestly all amazing.
Their music and lyrics are uplifting and inspiring to say the least and pick me up when I need a pick me up. It can also bring tears to my eyes ... absolutely amazing.
I don't like to make comparisons between music acts, but all I do know is that Ben's Brother are a true original and I'm a massive fan. I'm loving it so much and am so glad I've seen the band and got into them now as I know they are going to be HUGE. I'll be proud to say I loved them back in the beginning!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A few good songs but it's kind of so so.
I saw these guys live and enjoyed the music but the album is just ok.
Not bought any other of their albums since.
Bought this because I liked "Carry On" so much. Sadly disappointed by the album being rather samey, with little light and shade or any other variation.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by sule
My friend and favourite so this was for ME!!!! Excellent value and will be buying more! Fast service as well.Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by Blue
The world of Grey's Anatomy bring me this new style of music ( indie ) and after that, I'm looking forward each singer or band in the BSO...here's BEN'S BROTERS... Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2012 by Francisco L. Hernandez González
I first saw Ben's Brother on the Graham Norton Show and bought the album Battling Giants. It was brilliant and so I checked out more music and bought this album. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by Paleylfc
Easy to find, plenty of choice, good service and brilliant album. What more is there to say?
I recommend the service and the album.