10 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Selling more than a million copies in the U.K. and earning the pensive singer/songwriter a Mercury Prize nomination, Ben Howard's 2011 debut was no slouch—but it's his sophomore album that brings his talents into sharp focus. From the dub ambience and electric curlicues of the opener, producer Chris Bond judiciously flanks Howard's reedy tenor with light percussion and bright guitars. "Rivers in Your Mouth" sizzles like Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and the skipping notes and vocal dips of "She Treats Me Well" recall Nick Drake. This is a thoughtful, meditative record, taking its time to create a uniquely melancholy mood. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Selling more than a million copies in the U.K. and earning the pensive singer/songwriter a Mercury Prize nomination, Ben Howard's 2011 debut was no slouch—but it's his sophomore album that brings his talents into sharp focus. From the dub ambience and electric curlicues of the opener, producer Chris Bond judiciously flanks Howard's reedy tenor with light percussion and bright guitars. "Rivers in Your Mouth" sizzles like Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and the skipping notes and vocal dips of "She Treats Me Well" recall Nick Drake. This is a thoughtful, meditative record, taking its time to create a uniquely melancholy mood. 

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
367 Ratings
367 Ratings
jharrington7

Finally up!

Ben Howard is by far my favorite artist of all time, I honestly cannot WAIT for this album!

rachelpierce12

BEN, where do I even begin?

Ben does it again. He truly captivates me through his words and pure passion that no other artist can surpass. I have already heard five of the ten songs on this album, and amazing doesn't even begin to describe the content. I cannot wait for the release of this album, so I can hear the other five songs that I'm sure will blow me away. I am fully prepared to lock myself in my room for a week straight with only this album to grace me with its delectable presence.
Obsessed with Ben Howard? Well, that's putting it mildly.

travissm

I am way too excited for this....

Ughhhhh October come fast please

About Ben Howard

A mercurial British singer/songwriter who rose to prominence on the basis of his 2011 LP, Every Kingdom, Ben Howard was born in London in 1987, growing up in South Devon, 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, briefly moving to Newquay, the surf capital of the U.K., where he received class credit for working at a surfing magazine. Howard dropped out of school six months shy of graduation, though, convinced by the surf community's enthusiastic response to his music -- which, despite its acoustic folk sound and beachy vibe, sounded more like John Martyn than Jack Johnson -- that he should ditch the newsroom and focus on songwriting.

The surf community proved to be a big stepping stone for Howard, who found himself playing to packed audiences long before his music spread beyond the U.K. beaches. A European tour with Xavier Rudd helped him build a wider audience in late 2008, as did the release of EPs like These Waters and Old Pine. By the time Howard finished recording his full-length debut, Every Kingdom, in 2011, he'd signed a major-label deal with Island Records (the same label that once released music by John Martyn) and graduated to headliner status, thanks to growing fan bases in England, Germany, France, and Holland. Every Kingdom proved to be a breakout release in the U.K., earning Howard a Mercury Prize nomination and two BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist, and eventually going platinum.

For his much anticipated sophomore set, I Forget Where We Were, he took a somewhat more electric approach and was rewarded with strong reviews and sales; it debuted at number one on the U.K. charts. In the spring of 2017, Howard took part in a collaborative project alongside several other artists including Mickey Smith and India Bourne. The mysterious sextet, called A Blaze of Feather, began appearing at high-profile U.K. festivals throughout the year, releasing a self-titled full-length a few months later. The year 2018 began with the announcement of Howard's impending third LP, Noonday Dream, which he introduced with the dreamy seven-minute single "A Boat to an Island on the Wall." ~ Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
London, England
BORN
April 24, 1987

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