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Completing a compelling trilogy of albums since his late-flowering return to solo songwriting and singing six years ago, Ben Watt releases his fourth LP, "Storm Damage" and with it a new sound and fervency. Sonically adventurous, lyrically detailed and engaged, the album - written and produced by Watt - is a personal journey through anxiety and change cut through with an insistent defiance. In stores January 31, 2020 via Unmade Road/Caroline.
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.51 x 0.35 inches; 1.98 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Caroline
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : November 8, 2019
- Label : Caroline
- ASIN : B07Y4JNH7Y
- Country of Origin : Germany
- Number of discs : 1
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#114,812 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- #11,320 in Alternative Rock (CDs & Vinyl)
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'Storm Damage' is Ben Watt's fourth solo album (previous, 'North Marine Drive' (1983); 'Hendra' (2014); and 'Fever Dream' (2016)). Most of his musical output between '83 and '14 was mostly with Tracey Thorn as half of the group Everything But The Girl, DJing, mixing, and releasing deep house music in/for clubs. On to the album...
Of the three most recent albums he's released as a solo artist, I think that 'Storm Damage' has an urgency that weaves throughout the entire album and in each song. That urgency provides a spark to this album I didn't quite catch in 'Hendra' or 'Fever Dream'.
The first song off this album, ''Balanced On A Wire', is a perfect example of this spark - and how Ben has grown as a writer and an arranger. This could have been be an average song without the proper arrangement. Ben's knowledge of electronica, the driving beat, the buildup towards the last section, and the interesting lyrics - which apply to so many people, not just the '19 years old', as mentioned in the song - make the song relatable and fascinating.
'Summer Ghosts' refers to the Eastern belief that the veil between the worlds is thinnest during the summer, not around Halloween - and how now-dead family and friends are particularly haunting in familiar places that have been inexorably altered due to the passage of time. A reminder that everyone and thing changes - including ourselves, through the passage of time. Hauntingly (no pun intended) beautiful.
Other standout songs include 'Sunlight Follows The Night', 'Figures In The Landscape', and 'Irene'.
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Otherwise excellent album. Spring on Hendra sold me on Ben Watt. Well worth seeing live.