Finally the day has arrived! Devon boy done good, Ben Howard’s debut LP is out today.
This album was recorded by and large in a barn in Devon and is absolutely fantastic, as the amount of pre-orders and hype suggested. Howard has had quite a quick rise to fame, especially in the South West and now he’s playing major festivals and starting a nationwide tour on 9th October. There’s something in that Devon air you know.
The album itself is nothing short of a feast, sixteen tracks of guitar playing and lyrical loveliness, featuring a couple of previously released singles and an array of new tracks for the fans to get their teeth, or their ears, into. The production on this record is great, nothing’s over done, everything sounds just as it should. The opening guitar melody with a mermaid-like choir providing backing harmonies draws you in from the very beginning of the whole album on first track Old Pine.
This album seems to be about life, friends, love and break-ups – standard fare for any decent folk album, many a catchy lyric and or melody to be found, great for radio but in this instance that’s a good thing. With a debut as good as this it’s a pretty safe bet that the British folk scene and beyond will be seeing a lot more of Ben Howard.