Ben Glover is a singer-songwriter hailing from Glenarm, Co. Antrim who combines a combination of Americana, folk and stripped down rootsy rock, drawing on influences from the great poetic storytellers such as Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Paul Sinon among others then welds that to the urgency of Springsteen.
Ben has released three albums to date receiving plaudits from the likes of the BBC, Hot Press and The Irish News among others, whilst his busy tour schedule in the past year has taken in everywhere from Belfast, London and Edinburgh through to New York, LA and Nashville, performing with the likes of Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Mary Gautier and Jason Mraz along the way. If that wasn’t enough Ben has also seen his material used on a variety of films and TV programs from Finding Joy to sports program The Championship.
Fourth album, Do We Burn Boats originally was conceived as a five track EP, but after just three days in the studio Ben realised that the momemtum lent towards a full length recording and hte album build quickly and organically.
The album opens with Whatever Happens Will, a stunning acoustic let number, that sets the stall out for the entire album, the track captivates from the opening few bars as Ben’s glorious croon, strong structures and thought provoking lyrics instantly hook the listener in, whilst the wondrous melody and harmony enriched vocal refrain has you simultaneously humming and tapping along. Uncomplimented continues in the same rich vein with a beautiful combination of Ben’s hushed and soulful tones are accompanied by delicate strings, driving drums and laidback yet affecting guitar riffs.
Memo features a delicious mix of piano, mandolin, waves of electric guitar and a nod to gospel with a spirited and upliting, harmony fuelled chorus, whilst No Means Yes is a sparse, spine tingling and delicate slow burner that see’s Ben deliver a stunning, aching croon that simply melts and oozes with class. Elsewhere on the stripped down rootsty rock of album the likes of Break Away Ben brings to mind the likes of prime time Westerberg, whilst I have to mention A Thousand Suns, which is a prime slice of stripped down acoustic hook-laden soul with glorious vocal interplay and a delicious understated hook.
Do We Burn The Boats, is a sensational album from start to finish, Ben Glover’s latest, smoulders and burns with a passion that few singer-songwriters can only ever dream of matching, simply sensational.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 10