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Solo effort feels like a pro record

I had a chance to check out these songs acoustically and electrically before the album release, and the very least that describes this album is "impressive". While Ben has his own distinct voice, the rising choruses are what really kept me going throughout the entire album.

He seems to have a way with creating really interesting chord progressions that, at first listen, are unpredictable; but after 2 or 3 listens--if you happen to be the type who likes to sing along--they're easier to follow. This adds a lot of longevity and likability to the album.

I usually like to name-drop when I'm reviewing an album, but this time, I don't think that any other band or singer I could mention would give you the correct audible image in your mind, so I'll just leave it at this: Indie, jumpy, folky(at times), post-punk/pop.

If that doesn't paint it for you, just listen to the samples. If you're looking for a depressing emo album with throat gagging terribly immature lyrics, this isn't for you. This is way beyond the maturity level of most indie/pop records, with lyrics exploring life and love without nagging you with overused lyrics that will bore the average listener nowadays. As an example, the chorus in "I Know What You Would Choose" reads this way: "There's a part of me that understood / that there's a part of you that never could" referring to some type of choice that someone had made in the past.

It seems that many of the tracks have a very retrospective look at certain situations. This, in itself, seems to have contributed a large portion of the maturity to the album; because we are usually more mature and rational and honest AFTER the fact. I thought that was a little detail, but a very important one nonetheless.

The high point in the album for me, and perhaps for many others, was "My Biggest Enemy". Fittingly, this track is located just after the mid-point of Winter In Granada, and packs a good punch lyrically and musically that will easily keep you listening to the rest of the album. This is the one track that I can't hold back from name-dropping on; the very first time I heard this song, my thought was "John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls". Maybe it's the chord progression, tuning, tempo, melody, choice of lyrics, or maybe all of them together... I don't exactly know what it is, but if Rzeznik isn't one of Grant's influences, I'll be very surprised.

On top of the excellent production quality, memorable songs, original lyrics and progressions, and comfortable playtime of the album, there are five acoustic tracks tacked on after the final electric track. They're all acoustic versions of other electric songs on the album, but they don't feel gratuitous. They're very thoughtfully constructed, as well done as the original songs, only less hard. This is a nice option for me, because sometimes I'm not in the mood for the full four-piece sound.

I'm very happy with this album, and I'm glad that Ben Grant has found this place in the music scene. I look forward to hearing more music from him in the future.

RIYL: Jack's Mannequin, Goo Goo Dolls, This Day & Age, Indie/Pop

Musician/wannabe songwriter

You'll like it. Thoughtful melodies, good musicianship, good vocals. Buy it.

Winter in Granada, Ben Grant
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