9 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ben Lovett, who has put his name to an extensive list of film scores (The Signal, The Last Lullaby), releases a debut album that is, no surprise, a magic production of intense carnivalesque bounce. The excited horn charts of “Heartattack,” the glam-rock intensity of “The Fear,” the soft-shoe gait of the country-influenced and noir-induced “Black Curtain” make for adventurous listening. These are carefully crafted with an expertise that borders on perfection. There’s a stunning Beatles vibe running through the blurring psychedelia of “Same Old Song” and a wonderfully heartbreaking truth to the acoustic-based “Like A Moving Train.” “Two Lovers” takes another leisurely walk through sonic terrain that is, not surprisingly, dark and cinematic. Ditto for “Eye Of the Storm,” a brilliant and haunting track that makes Lovett a must-have among collectors of chilling progressive pop. The list of contributors includes members of the Avett Brothers, the Mars Volta and Cursive, among the many.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ben Lovett, who has put his name to an extensive list of film scores (The Signal, The Last Lullaby), releases a debut album that is, no surprise, a magic production of intense carnivalesque bounce. The excited horn charts of “Heartattack,” the glam-rock intensity of “The Fear,” the soft-shoe gait of the country-influenced and noir-induced “Black Curtain” make for adventurous listening. These are carefully crafted with an expertise that borders on perfection. There’s a stunning Beatles vibe running through the blurring psychedelia of “Same Old Song” and a wonderfully heartbreaking truth to the acoustic-based “Like A Moving Train.” “Two Lovers” takes another leisurely walk through sonic terrain that is, not surprisingly, dark and cinematic. Ditto for “Eye Of the Storm,” a brilliant and haunting track that makes Lovett a must-have among collectors of chilling progressive pop. The list of contributors includes members of the Avett Brothers, the Mars Volta and Cursive, among the many.

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