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Ben Arthur
Edible Darling
Bardic Records

Ben Arthur may not be a name you know. But it should be. And on March 23 you will have your chance to find out exactly why you should recognize the name… that's the day that Edible Darling hits stores. Perhaps you will be one of the lucky ones to be there to buy it. And then you may pop it into your car cd player, where you will undoubtedly bop along to the catchy tunes as you are driving home. Then you will put it into your home system and start to realize there is so much more to this album than a car stereo could possibly tell you. And then, about five listens in, when you sit down to the dinner table, you say to yourself… "Oh my! This record is so much more than I thought it was just ten minutes ago."
From the opening scratches of "Mary Ann" right up until the hauntingly yearning sound of "Jesus On My Knees" Edible Darling will keep you listening, revealing new intricacies with each and every listen. There are straight up pop songs, as well as acoustic numbers, rife with the personal feeling that a gifted songwriter can provide. "Mary Ann" kicks the record off, and I promise you will soon find your foot tapping. It is an amazingly well produced song with incidental noises to spare (my favorite being the scratchy-scritchy scratches) and a Material Issue-esque vibe. Arthur obviously grew up listening to John Lennon, and was influenced by his cheeky lyrical style, "The older I get the more I realize/ The best I can hope for is compromise." The song "Tonight" gives Pete Yorn a run for his money, with its delicate acoustic music and downbeat introspective tempo. There are strong country roots on "Keep Me Around" and Del Amitri style folk-rock on "Edible Darling". But the key here is that behind all the brilliance of the music and arrangements, there is solid and incredible songwriting. "Your eyes were Andean blue enamel/ Remorseless but tired/ We breathed through the stillness/ Tried to read solace in the air."
Anyone who truly appreciates the craft of a great songwriter will surely fall in love with Ben Arthur. Conversely, those who just want a great record to play as a brilliant soundtrack to their own life will also find a good match in Edible Darling. Every track is a gem, and all the moods are there… everything one could possibly want from a great album. Find it, if you know what's good for you.

-Embo Blake

Track listing:

1. Mary Ann
2. Tonight
3. Broken-Hearted Smile
4. End Of The Day
5. Mercy
6. Instrumental #3
7. Keep Me Around
8. Edible Darling
9. Bloomed
10. Sight Of Your Tears
11. Wake
12. Jesus On My Knees

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