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Radical FaceAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Branches


Ben Cooper is a teller of stories, although the one that interests him least seems to be his own.

“I can’t write about myself — I can’t be sympathetic,” says the man known by his musical appellation RADICAL FACE. “But you always reveal yourself in everything you do, sometimes very brazenly and sometimes very subtly. Those events, once you strip ... Read more in Amazon's Radical Face Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Forced Exposure
  • ASIN: 5557868402
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretentions aside...this isn't music, it's ART July 10, 2007
If at age 24, Ben Cooper (Radical Face) can record an album as subtlely beautiful as "Ghost", admittedly a concept album four years in the making, what will be his next endeavor to keep what is hopefully an expanding fanbase captivated?

"Asleep On a Train" opens this album instrumentally. It's a beautiful mood piece that only hints at the treasure chest that's about to descend on your tympanic membrane. Then, Ben puts it all out there. Cut #2 "Welcome Home, Son" is unquestioningly the best song I've heard for 2007. Sufjan Stevens would be jealous of the sheer melody and layering of this masterpiece. Buy the album for this song alone.

I could spend the rest of my evening gushing over this album and telling you how fabulous every single cut is. But you don't know me so why are you reading this? Instead, sample each cut on this album. Every one is a masterpiece, but I personally especially like "Glory", "Winter Is Coming", and "Wrapped In Piano Strings". I've listened to this CD no less than 25 times and every time I listen, I discover new territory and it moves even more solidly into the category of my all-time favorite recordings.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The name is Ben Cooper, a 24 year old composer from Jacksonville, Florida, who is the creative mastermind behind Electric President and Radical Face.

Ghost is a set of layered songs full of inticate details that need to be taken as a whole to be fully appreciated. I notice new nuances with each listen. Highlights include the bass drum rocky beat of "Winter is Coming", the hand slapping "Welcome Home Son", and the marching feet with piano of "Glory".

This is a long way from punk rock. If you like the gentler sounds of artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Sun Kil Moon, Air, or perhaps even the Eels and Arcade Fire then Cooper's magic will likely appeal to you. If you can appreciate good music that grows on you with every listen until it enters your soul - buy this cd! It would be a disaster of the worst kind if Radical Face fails to find its audience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Cooper Outdid Himself May 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing album, textural, layered, beautiful, hypnotic at points... truly a masterpiece... all of this at the age of 24. If you are not a fan of Elliot Smith or Sufjan Stevens do NOT let the prior reviews scare you away. I am definitely NOT a fan of either of those artists and I love Radical Face. I come from the MORR music camp of bands like Isan, Mum, Tarwater, Styrofoam, etc. and I stumbled across Radical Face via that avenue and was not disappointed. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Misses January 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm writing this with something of a sense of bemusement that it appeared in precisely zero end-of-year round-ups. Has my sense of taste deserted me? My ears tell me that this is a record of beauty, of tiny details, delicate songs and precious surprises, but apparently I'm imagining it.

It's possible. Maybe I tend towards the twee, the slight - choirboy vocals and vague (overworked) poetry like this. That and Venetian Snares.

Here's an unbroken law of records: no track with handclaps is rubbish, ever. So it has to be a good sign that this one is loaded with the things: rushing flamenco-style handclaps on "Glory", martial slapping on "Welcome Home", both of which have swooping chorus's worthy of Paul Simon. It works well with the acoustic feel of the production - warm strings, guitars, creaks and pops, clearly tied together with lashings of digital glue.

There's quite a few slow atmospheric interstitial tracks, but it's a (shudder) *concept* album (about an old house, apparently), so that's to be expected. Which also explains the togetherness of the collection that lends itself to a seamless and enveloping listening experience.

It would all slip by all too smoothly to stick if it wasn't for things like "Wrapped in Piano Strings" sitting in the middle: a lovely, lovely thing. I love Ben's episodic songwriting - as if he had too many melodic ideas to simply do verse-chorus-verse-chorus, but when it works, it's adorable, darting from point to point and returning home with a sigh.

I guess this didn't find a huge audience, but I really do recommend it. It gives back. I guess I still listen to records because I want something to adore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 20, 2013
By Haelix
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I heard Radical Face off turntable one day and after a few more listens on Spotify I came and bought both albums. It has some of the most artistically creative, chill music and personally intimate lyrics I've heard in a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-opened my passion for finding new music January 19, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I am pretty specific with the way I set up my Pandora stations and one day it pumped out none other than.... This guy...

And I am extremely glad it did... I got this album as a blind guess that by hearing "Welcome Home" that the rest of the album must be good...

Ben Cooper takes you on a ride through old forgotten memories of places that never were... it gives you a feeling that he has actually heard stories from old Ghosts that live in old wooden houses with slats in the walls instead of studs...

The album is one of those where, yes virtually every song is amazing, but if you get a chance and you want an epic music experience. Slap on a pair of great head phones and listen to the whole thing through the song arangement, flow, and production all together is just something else. Ben Cooper is seriously a very talented guy and I love his care free attitude about his music... he is in it because its fun, he loves it, and his "studio" (shed behind his house) is where he likes to spend his time... That fact is very obvious and comes out through his every note and random sample that he has assembled here...

Enjoy... because Ghost will haunt your heart with a new love if you've never heard Cooper before...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful albums ever written.
More often than not I read reviews or hear talk that this album a "downer".
If you think that is the case then you're probably not listening to it in the right... Read more
Published 3 months ago by shackle john
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I love Radical Face, and this is their best album. "Welcome Home Son" and "Wrapped in Piano Strings" will always be my favorite of his songs.
Published 3 months ago by Monica Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, beautiful music.
I bought this album a few years ago after hearing Welcome Home play at a film festival. It is my all time favorite album and I still listen to it on repeat. Read more
Published 5 months ago by moceanb
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm!
There was a song that I heard on Pandora which led me to listen to the samples of this album on the amazon mp3 player. Turns out the other songs are equally good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SmW
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite albums of the decade
So many feelings. This album is amazing. It's complex, there's so many emotions, and the musicality and lyric quality is truly outstanding. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laurlaur
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Musical Style....Great Listening!!!
Like many fans of Ben Cooper, I first heard "Welcome Home" on the Blacklist TV show. Who was that group, and where do I find that song? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bogie Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual Ben Cooper!!!!
This is truly a unique sound by a unique artist! Ben Cooper has his own sound, in each album or EP he puts out! I listen to his music all the time!
Published 10 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
I really enjoyed this album. One of the few I have that I can listen to the whole thing without skipping songs. Can't believe I hadn't heard of them before!
Published 10 months ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good CD
I read the other reviews after I bought this CD. I really like it. I need to listen to it more to say that I love it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Night Music
I got this album back when it originally came out, and ever since it's been an excellent one to play at the end of an evening when winding down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Eberhard
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