I bought this just before Bens appearance on The Brits for 4.59, now it a tenner good move me. On first playing it right through I was a bit disappointed towards the end of the CD as it slowed down and became a bit morbid the faster tracks are the better ones. So i played it in the car, which broke it up as I get in and out a lot. Guess what It grew on me. There is a little too much fret noise on some tracks which does distract from the music (listen to me the great music expert!) but overall well worth the money. Very melodic and I could even sing along to some tracks.
I first heard Ben Howard from watching the Danny MacAskill Industrial Revolutions video on YouTube. Folky guitar and trials bikes shouldn't go together but they really do. If you want to listen to a track watch that video on YouTube because, to be honest, I find the actual music video a bit off-putting. I bought the album for "The Wolves", and didn't think I'd like anything as much as that track, but the whole album is just fantastic, with "Only Love" and "Old Pine" as highlights for me.
You know those occasions when you download an album on a total whim? Well this was one of those and I can honestly say what a good whim it was. Beautiful guitar and heavenly vocals fill your head, smooth as a bar of Galaxy, I highly recommend this for those occasions when the soul need to relax. You wont regret it. Excellent and well deserved of 5 stars.
Heard his first release Keep Your Head Up on the radio and it instantly stuck in my head for the next couple of weeks...
Having heard it a few more times I did a bit of searching and found this album. Purchased on Play and since then I've played it about 50 times and seen him live. One of the best albums I own.
After having heard a few of his songs in the summer, I couldn't wait for him to release an album... And for good reason!
My favourite tracks are Old Pine, Diamonds and Keep Your Head Up, although they're all great! Ben's voice is just as awesome as his guitar playing.... If you've ever got a chance to see him live, take it!