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Album Review

Fans of the depressingly bleak emo genre should take note of a band like Benton Falls, because they carry that introspective and heartfelt banner with no shame whatsoever. With songs about heroes on heroin and the facade of pleasantries at high school reunions as well as the usual, yet tender romantic songs, Fighting Starlight hits upon those poignant, definitive moments in life. With Benton Falls the music is lazy and dark, so one might be able to slip past the edgy lyrics if they so dared, but they'd be making a big mistake in doing so. Feel free to lock the door to the room and turn off all the lights and soak in the depression and sorrow: this album was made for those introspective moments humanity feels when life hits hard. With many of the songs on here being over five minutes (yet without getting redundant in their setup), Fighting Starlight gives fans their money's worth of music, not to mention a rollercoaster ride of the darker side of emotional complexity.

Customer Reviews

An album that shows how good emo music deserves to be.

The label 'emo' has, sadly, often used in a derogatory sense, but this album is one of the many that squashes this notion. Every song is suffused with a genuine melancholy that cannot help but tug at the listener's heartstrings as well as being powerful and tightly constructed. From the strained mother-son relationship tale of 'All These Things' to the tender instrumental 'Eudora', the album's quality is very high throughout. Benton Falls have a knack of producing an almost chilled-out rock/emo vibe in their music, interspersed with crunching riffs and powerful drumming, which is particularly visible on 'Swimming With You', 'Fighting Starlight', 'Sad Like Winter Leaves' and 'June Port Bridge', and the lyrics are confessional as well as brilliant. Simply put, this is not just an essential purchase for those who like emotional music, but for anyone who would like to buy a fantastic album that they will find themselves listening to over and over again.

i love benton falls

This is by far one of my most listened to albums i love it so muc, never had i ever got sick of any of these songs. over the time my music taste has changed but this still is one of my fav albums of all time, its just so beautiful, angry and sad. such a shame they only did two albums.


Formed: Santa Rosa, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Santa Rosa, CA, the emo quartet Benton Falls consists of Michael Richardson (vocals, guitar), Gerb (guitar), Vance Gore (bass), and Eli Deering (drums). Influences abound by such '90s emocore trailblazers as Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid, and Jawbox, as Benton Falls fits in perfectly with such second generation emo bands as Get Up Kids and Moneen. The band's first appearance on record was on the compilation The Silence in My Heart: The Emo Diaries Chapter Six on the independent Deep Elm...
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