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  • 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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BBC Review

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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Format: Audio CD
This album captures the listener from the start, it sort of draws you in and is instantly calming, a great album to chill out to after a stress-filled day. The melodies are great, virtually every song is catchy and will be with you for days even after only one listen. The album is full of well-written tunes combined with good melodies and a great croaky-style voice, the overall effect works really well and the album flows majestically from one track to the next. Although this album is excellent there are a couple of dodgy tracks near the end of the album which really prevents the album from being of 5-star standard. I disagree completely with a previous reviewer, this is exactly what the british music industry needs, a band that writes and performs their own stunning ballads, what we dont need are more talentless pop groups and artists that emerge from talent shows and then disapear within 3 months, this group are here to stay.
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I bought this album on the strength of their single 'Let it out' and because it came out as an Amazon recommendation for me (another bulls-eye for my music collection!) and I have not been disappointed.

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!!!
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Heard this group play one track a while ago on TV & so I pre-ordered the cd, (which when it eventualy came out after several date changes) I was not dissapointed with it.
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.
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i saw Ben's Brother live completely accidentally when I went to see The Reservoirs (look out for Dan and the others soon!) play at The Joiners in Southampton a couple of months back... Ben's Brother were headlining and did steal the show (sorry Dan) with songs like Rise and Let Me Out sticking in the memory... the band were extremely tight and impressed with a tasteful live performance .... Jamie Hartman sang and played his 12 string Taylor in a beautifully understated way, while their lead guitarist selflessly supported the song before he let rip towards the end - v talented.... I spoke to Jamie after the show as they were packing up and complemented him on the arrangements, songs, etc. - he was v approachable and friendly - the sort of guy you'd like to get a pint with and have a proper chat...

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...
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2008
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'Beta Male Fairytales' by Ben's Brother (so called because singer Jamie Hartman has a brother called Ben whom he always felt caught in the shadow of whilst growing up) is an unashamed piece of radio-friendly, quality mainstream pop/rock. Jamie's vocals have been compared with Rod Stewart's and, while I can see why that is the case, they're not quite as throaty and croaky - thankfully.

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.
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Since seeing Ben's Brother at a gig recently I had to order my copy of the album immediately. They are an amazing live act and this is a fantastic album.

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!!
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