Edible Darling

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Ben Arthur's been bouncing around the East Coast for a while, but Edible Darling Bardic is his first real opportunity to shake hands and nod heads across America. He joins guys like Josh Kelley and Jason Mraz as comers to the affable white guy adult alternative craps game, occurring right now in the alley behind your local microbrewery. It's the faded, frayed khakis and longish hair you'll find there informing Arthur's easygoing sound here. He's a bit older, so there's quite a bit of Wallflowers in his sound check "Broken-Hearted Smile", but cuts like "End of the Day" and first single "Mary Ann" are juiced with the mild electronic sheen typical of up-to-the-second Hot AC ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Ben Arthur's been bouncing around the East Coast for a while, but Edible Darling Bardic is his first real opportunity to shake hands and nod heads across America. He joins guys like Josh Kelley and Jason Mraz as comers to the affable white guy adult alternative craps game, occurring right now in the alley behind your local microbrewery. It's the faded, frayed khakis and longish hair you'll find there informing Arthur's easygoing sound here. He's a bit older, so there's quite a bit of Wallflowers in his sound check "Broken-Hearted Smile", but cuts like "End of the Day" and first single "Mary Ann" are juiced with the mild electronic sheen typical of up-to-the-second Hot AC radio play lists. Despite the obviousness of the processed backing vocals and subtle drum programming, it's Arthur's charisma that needs to sell this stuff, and he proves to be quite engaging. His slightly nasal delivery can shift effortlessly into an upper register "Mercy", and he's appropriately contemplative on dusky, hungover folk-pop numbers like "Tonight" or "Bloomed"; the gorgeous pacing of the latter even points to his well-honed songwriting chops. Nothing flashy is the m.o. here, but it's compelling, nicely put-together stuff that sets up a corner booth in the middle of the road. Arthur's lyricism isn't as developed as some of his peers Rhett Miller comes to mind, but he sketches the passing images well. "Laying on cold tile," "like the voices downstairs from back home," "naked and black and blue," even the "edible darling" on the front cover -- Arthur's colors and characters inhabit his Darling in broad but vivid strokes. The pacing works well here, too, with "Mary Ann"'s slicker production abutting the quiet acoustics of "Tonight," or a set-break instrumental setting up the fun country-rock bramble of "Keep Me Around," where the black humor of Warren Zevon winks in the margins. Overall it's a pretty accomplished set, and one that deserves the same amount of play the rest of that five o'clock shadow white guy posse is getting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: BARDIC RECORDS
  • UPC: 806117100127
  • Catalog Number: 171001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mary Ann (2:45)
  2. 2 Tonight (3:37)
  3. 3 Broken-Hearted Smile (4:41)
  4. 4 End of the Day (4:25)
  5. 5 Mercy (3:16)
  6. 6 Instrumental, No. 3 (3:08)
  7. 7 Keep Me Around (2:54)
  8. 8 Edible Darling (3:26)
  9. 9 Bloomed (4:50)
  10. 10 Sight of Your Tears (2:51)
  11. 11 Wake (2:29)
  12. 12 Jesus (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Arthur Primary Artist
Michael Braun Drums
Bruce Brody Keyboards
Mike Shipley Guitar
DJ Wiz Turntables
Al Houghton Guitar
Dan Vonnegut Drums
Catherine Bent Cello
Peter Cole Guitar
Byron Isaacs Bass
Tony Leone Drums
Danny Knicely Mandolin
Brad Craig Guitar
Brian Wohlgemuth Guitar
Ian Lovatt Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Billy Branigan Producer
Michael Bruce Composer
Mark Eitzel Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Mike Shipley Producer, Executive Producer
DJ Wiz Programming
Kevin McNoldy Producer
Al Houghton Producer, Engineer
Mike Rogers Engineer
Mick Cantarella Engineer
Fabrica Cover Photo
Gary Honess Engineer
Ben Arthur Composer, Producer
Dawn Landes Engineer
Jason Marcucci Engineer
Emery Dobyns Engineer
Mike Presta Engineer
Nandi Johannes Programming
Brian Wohlgemuth Digital Editing
Ian Lovatt Producer
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