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In Deep Owl [LP]
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In Deep Owl is exactly what I was hoping it would be; raw and unpolished, much the opposite of King Animal. Many of these songs lyrically sound as if they're from the Down On The Upside Era of Soundgarden. Shepherd pulls off a very virtuoso Mark Lanegan style record. The album as a whole has the raspy, whisky, barren vocal voice and low tuned guitars that fit Shepherd's moniker and onstage persona perfectly.
"Stone Pale" sets the desolate mood early and features Ben on acoustic guitar, the song is very haunting by itself but when the lyrics reference the hangman a sharp whistle is layered over the guitar and the effect has a lasting impression that lingers the whole way through the album. I immediately thought myself amongst the middle of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. The whistle is great because it isn't looped or repeatedly brought back as a catchy chorus. "Collide" is another acoustic piece that features a mandolin alongside a guitar and softer showing of Shepherd, the song was released early a few months ago and was what initially drew me to the album.Read more ›
Highlights for me are "Loose Ends", "Train You Can't Win(Holes)", "Barron Robber" (Which is very close to Ben's work with Soundgarden and hits like a sledgehammer), very interesting "The Great Syrup Incident", "Koda", "The Blue Book" and the obvious winner "Collide" (sounding a little like Led Zeppelin).
Since the recent revelation of Ben's of having been invited to join Nirvana as a guitar player, there is essence of this across many of the tracks, and it made sense in his earlier Hater releases.
His style fits the genre and he is one of the innovators, do not forget that.
It's a winner in my book and if anyone looking for a true winner in all of the small catalog of Ben Shepherd material outside of Soundgarden, will find it here. The music is very memorable, there are a lot of great hooks and some I've woke up to with the melodies playing in my head.Read more ›
Can't stop listening to it
Take a listen, it's worth it.
I downloaded and now ordered the vinyl version
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is music composed in the dusk of an outrageously successful career of music. It’s music that has seen much maturity; from an individual who has long needed or required some... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Spaghetti A Go-Go
This floored me! Ben has done an awesome job with his music, with dark and light turns, it showed me a different side of his music he could make. I hope to see more from him.Published on December 25, 2013 by notoffkilter
More than I expected really. Just a great album cover to cover. Dark and murky feel, not headbanging heavy but lyrically and musically heavy.Published on October 11, 2013 by Duane Hawkins
It's a little bit out there for a first release but in time the fans will learn his style and get to know what to expect.Published on October 2, 2013 by Rick Larson
I won't go into a big long explanation. This is the first album I have paid for in years.... I will say that it's a great album for those who enjoy the Seattle sound. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Dennis C. Christian