21 April 2013

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Some artists are just born to be used in those poignant moments in teen dramas and American sitcoms when one of the main characters is have a revelation moment.  These were mostly done on Scrubs and launched many a career; it is usually the singer-songwriter who gets this sort of moment. For Benjamin Francis Leftwich his moment came in the TV show 'Grey's Anatomy' with the song "Atlas Hands".  Not too bad for a kid of York in England.  So what is the rest of the album like?

Sometimes when a singer songwriter just has themselves to bounce off, you get the same song over and over again.  Has Mr Leftwich feel into this trap?  Well, yes he has - there is no real variation over the whole album.  The fastest and also the happiest it gets is "Shine", which sounds like the end of a summer's day with the slow dance just starting as the sun heads towards the horizon. Like a black metal album I was finding myself checking that tracks had changed at all.  Now here is the crux - does this make the album a wasted experience?

Again, this is a no here as well.  The album is very pleasant; it goes around nicely and would not really offend anyone.  "Atlas Hands" is the best song for me here, and I have a feeling that for a lot of people the best song you hear from the album would possible be the best song for them.  A very nice effort that will not changed the world, not really essential but I have heard a hell of a lot worse.

5 out of 10 - It could have been a bit better

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