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Every Kingdom

Ben Howard

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Although Ben Howard often gets compared to Nick Drake or John Martyn, the English singer/songwriter was raised on his parents’ Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell records. Howard’s debut album, Every Kingdom, opens with the lilting, acoustic-based “Old Pine." Its intro, though, has much in common with Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Blue Sky,” with descending chords and haunting “oohs” in the verses. Upon closer listen, Howard’s quivering, nasal-toned timbre recalls a young Devendra Banhart, sans surreal lyrics. “The Wolves” blends Banhart’s falsetto warble with the shaky vocal restraint of early Conor Oberst recordings. Toward the bridge, Howard digs deep into the grittier aspects of his natural tenor and we get a sense of his own style rising above his immediate influences. The more uptempo “Keep Your Head Up” works its timeless tunesmith magic best upon repeated listens. Over pedaling rhythms and subtly catchy melodies, Howard unleashes his scratchy voice, which segues into subtly layered gang vocals during the chorus.

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The King Has Landed

Finally, these Western shores have been graced with this wonderful soul. The years before showed us a mere glimpse of what was to come, from These Waters, to the Old Pines, being played and repeated on constant cycle. Waiting, and waiting, ever so patiently for the release of his wild fire upon these shores. Now it is here. Wonderful, and here...

incredible

Absolutely amazing....x

Finally!!!!

So long awaited amd so worth the wait. Howard is a prolific musician with soul and depth. Love this album!!

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before launching his career as an acoustic singer/songwriter, Ben Howard grew up in South Devon, England, where his mother’s collection of folk records helped instill a love for Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and Richie Havens. Howard also developed an interest in surfing, catching his first wave at the age of 11 and heading to the beach whenever he wasn’t busy writing music in the folksy style of his influences. While pursuing a journalism degree years later, he briefly moved to Newquay, the surf capital...
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