Benjamin Shaw - I Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I Got

Born from noise, a gurgling, a hissing and a humming comes the striking opening chords of ‘Thanks For All The Biscuits’ followed by a voice so fragile, almost defeated, yet carrying such swathes of emotion it’s hard to keep the tears in. These are folk songs constructed from matchsticks, barely able to support their own weight - a sigh would leave them in pieces on the floor. So delicate; constructed with 100% proof emotion. This collection of six songs from this Blackpool singer/songwriter is up there with the best of this year and certainly puts him on the 'to watch' list for 2010. Through the despair and sorrow there is a black humour, the English trait of laughing in the face of misery exemplified. There are genuine moments of laughter. Ben inspires a rare empathy in the listener - sharing his plight but also the glimmers of light that work their way to the surface. Fans of Lupen Crook, Nick Drake, Jeffery Lewis, Adam Green and something left of centre but heart-warming will utterly adore this.

Overall

8

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 17:44:43

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