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5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest and Beautiful, 19 Oct. 2011
Under the title Radical Face (one of many monikers), the always impressive Ben Cooper has created what is, in my book, the best Indie album of 2011. Following on from his amazing first solo album Ghost in 2006, and equally impressive Touch the Sky EP in 2010, Ben has undertaken the formidable task of self producing and promoting what is the first in an intended series of three albums inspired by his family history.
The Family Tree: The Roots is a captivatingly fluid album that, from start to finish, explores the tender and often painfully dark side of our past and those relationships we hold dear. Musically it is a stunningly layered creation, at times soaring through piano and acoustic guitar flourishes, at others entrancing you with its hypnotic percussion and vocals. This album is a success on so many levels it is difficult to identify them all in such a short review. Whilst compositionally and lyrically it is an amazing album, perhaps its greatest success is that it is, from start to finish, proof that the talent and vision of a single person can be so beautifully expressed within the limited space of a single album.
Whilst there are tracks on the album that rise above the rest, The Family Tree deserves to be enjoyed in its entirety - like a book, from begining to end. It would be difficult to find another album released this year that has restored my faith in the music industry as much as this. Whilst Radical Face is the epitome of the "starving artist", recording in his back yard tool shed; running his own record label; creating his own graphic art; this album stands testament to what visionary and non-commercially motivated artists can achieve. Do yourself a favour...visit his website and show this guy your support.