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The debut album by London five-piece band Ben's Brother, Beta Male Fairytales saw Jamie Hartman stepping out from the shadow of his big brother Ben, who inspired the group name, with a self-written, soulful, and emotion-filled album featuring 12 tracks, all written by Hartman. Ben's Brother were a proper gigging band (not one discovered on a TV talent show), but the vocal qualities are not dissimilar to Ben Mills, who did nearly win The X Factor. The problem that Ben's Brother faced was that the mid-2000s were awash with singers who had that Rod Stewart/Joe Cocker gravelly vocal quality, from established stars like the Stereophonics to newcomers like Paolo Nutini, and Beta...
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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
The debut album by London five-piece band Ben's Brother, Beta Male Fairytales saw Jamie Hartman stepping out from the shadow of his big brother Ben, who inspired the group name, with a self-written, soulful, and emotion-filled album featuring 12 tracks, all written by Hartman. Ben's Brother were a proper gigging band (not one discovered on a TV talent show), but the vocal qualities are not dissimilar to Ben Mills, who did nearly win The X Factor. The problem that Ben's Brother faced was that the mid-2000s were awash with singers who had that Rod Stewart/Joe Cocker gravelly vocal quality, from established stars like the Stereophonics to newcomers like Paolo Nutini, and Beta Male Fairytales had nothing to distinguish it from the background coffee-table albums prevalent at the time. It opens with "Rise" and "Beauty Queen," both tracks released as singles and both straightforward piano and guitar-led midtempo ballads. The tracks "Home," "Bad Dream," and "God by Another Name" had some of the musical arrangement qualities of Keane, but the penultimate track was an interesting 98-second instrumental, "Harmonica in F (Interlude)," almost an Irish jig on the acoustic guitar and harmonica. [Virgin's 2007 edition included one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099951768126
  • Catalog Number: 17681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rise (4:06)
  2. 2 Beauty Queen (3:32)
  3. 3 Let Me Out (4:01)
  4. 4 Carry On (4:04)
  5. 5 Find Me an Angel (4:26)
  6. 6 I Am Who I Am (4:01)
  7. 7 Home (3:02)
  8. 8 Bad Dream (4:03)
  9. 9 Live (3:07)
  10. 10 God by Another Name (3:45)
  11. 11 Harmonica in F (Interlude) (1:38)
  12. 12 Time (4:21)
  13. 13 Stuttering "Kiss Me Again" (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben's Brother Primary Artist
David Angell Violin
David Davidson Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Monisa Angell Viola
Dan McKinna Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dave Hattee Percussion, Drums
Claes Björklund Piano, Electric Guitar, Juno
Martin Terefe Electric Guitar, African Drums
Sacha Skarbek Piano
Rob Bailey Electric Guitar
Jamie Hartman Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Wurlitzer, Harmony, Synthesizer Strings, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
Tim VanDerKuil Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Sven Lindvall Bass
Technical Credits
David Davison String Arrangements
William Paden Hensley Digital Editing
Kelly Pribble Engineer
Jamie Lewis Engineer
Claes Björklund drum programming, Atmosphere
Martin Terefe Composer, Producer
Sacha Skarbek Composer
Chris "Tambu" Herbert Management
Michael Caffery Engineer
Pete Gordeno Composer
Jamie Hartman Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
George Tandero Engineer
Iain Hill Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Well written songs, and Jamie's voice is a cross between Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams. Very original. This CD is addicting. I heard them live singing with the band, One Fine Frenzy, and they were awesome live.

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