Every Kingdom

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Risking arriving a little too late to the party, Devon-born 23-year-old Ben Howard is yet another young troubadour whose sound appears indebted to the '70s pastoral folk of John Martyn and Nick Drake. His debut album, Every Kingdom, therefore, has its work cut out for it from the offset if it's to make itself heard above similar recent efforts by the likes of Marcus Foster and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. But it's clear from the opening track, "Old Pine," a slow-burning epic that begins with some hushed choral harmonies before building into a strident slice of nu-folk, that this is a more intriguing affair. Indeed, considering that much of the album features nothing more than...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Risking arriving a little too late to the party, Devon-born 23-year-old Ben Howard is yet another young troubadour whose sound appears indebted to the '70s pastoral folk of John Martyn and Nick Drake. His debut album, Every Kingdom, therefore, has its work cut out for it from the offset if it's to make itself heard above similar recent efforts by the likes of Marcus Foster and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. But it's clear from the opening track, "Old Pine," a slow-burning epic that begins with some hushed choral harmonies before building into a strident slice of nu-folk, that this is a more intriguing affair. Indeed, considering that much of the album features nothing more than Howard's intricate fingerpicking guitar skills with the occasional flourishes of cello and percussion, it's remarkable that it's only toward the closing minimal acoustic balladry of "Gracious" and "Promise" that the evocative autumnal vibes begin to lose their appeal. That's partly down to Howard's versatile and intense vocals, which manage to capture the understatement of José González, the gruffness of Ray LaMontagne, and the soulfulness of James Morrison, without ever sounding like a tribute act, and partly down to the inventiveness displayed throughout its ten tracks, whether it's the military beats, sea shanty melodies, and howling wolf calls on "The Wolves," the burst of grandiose post-rock that interrupts the somber breakup song "Black Flies," or the buoyant campfire singalong of "The Fear." It's not clear whether Howard's stripped-back approach will cross over to the mainstream, as other than "Keep Your Head Up," a slightly more energetic rebel-rousing slice of folk-pop that found its way onto the Radio 1 playlist, its charms are more slow-burning than immediate. But it's an impressively timeless debut that suggests Howard should have no problem standing out from the overpopulated nu-folk crowd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527958255
  • Catalog Number: 001658802
  • Sales rank: 3,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Pine (5:28)
  2. 2 Diamonds (4:06)
  3. 3 The Wolves (5:09)
  4. 4 Everything (4:45)
  5. 5 Only Love (4:09)
  6. 6 The Fear (4:20)
  7. 7 Keep Your Head Up (4:24)
  8. 8 Black Flies (6:21)
  9. 9 Gracious (4:57)
  10. 10 Promise (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Howard Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Melodica
Chris Bond Bass, Percussion, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Double Bass
India Bourne Bass, Cello, Keyboards, Ukulele, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ben Howard Composer
Jason Howes Engineer
Darren Lawson Engineer
Robin Schmidt Mastering
Chris Bond Producer, Engineer
Owen Tozer Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Ben Howard is incredible! I love that he has that "Ed Sheer

    Ben Howard is incredible! I love that he has that "Ed Sheeran" sound but isn't fully mainstream yet.
    His music is so chill, and I love listening to him with some candles going and low lights and in my 
    pajamas. I absolutely love his stuff!! If you are looking for something more "rocker" I don't think this 
    would be the artist for you but I would at least give it a try, you never know what you could really fall
    in love with :)

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Heard Black Flies on the CW's Beauty &the east and fell in l

    Heard Black Flies on the CW's Beauty &the east and fell in love with it. I had to hear more. I was not disappointed. 

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