Ben Howard - Every Kingdom (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 50:07 minutes | 551 MBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
Debut album from the British singer/songwriter. Every Kingdom was recorded in a converted barn in Devon, and has turned out darker in its lyrical content than Ben imagined it would. The melodies come easy, but he worked hard on the words. He is something of an acoustic guitar whiz, having mastered the art of strumming, plucking and hammering the instrument for rhythmic purposes. And he's only 23 but already - minus any of the usual army of public relations people and pluggers behind him - can sell out a 400-capacity venue, including some of the capital's coolest venues, at the drop of a plectrum, having amassed a secret society of fans via the UK's fiercely loyal surfing community that has already spread over the water to Germany, France and Holland.