Every Kingdom - Ben Howard
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  • Summary: This is the debut folk rock album for the British singer-songwriter.
  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    Throughout Every Kingdom Howard plays to his strengths, the greatest of which is his skill in crafting hooks.
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    An unusually poetic songwriter revelling in his proximity to nature. [Jan 2012, p.88]
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    78
    Kingdom announces a promising new talent, but now Howard must prove he can work with more than just memory.
  4. Jan 25, 2012
    70
    On the evidence of this impressive debut album, [Howard] is a gifted and immediately involving singer-songwriter.
  5. Jan 25, 2012
    70
    It's an impressively timeless debut that suggests Howard should have no problem standing out from the overpopulated nu-folk crowd.
  6. Jan 25, 2012
    60
    The shimmering finger-picking and angelic backing vocals of Old Pine build a cosy fireside vibe, but elsewhere the upbeat hoedowns are less impressive. [Nov 2011, p. 92]
  7. Jan 25, 2012
    40
    It takes a special talent to mine new gold out of acoustic songwriting, and Ben Howard just isn't it. [Nov 2011, p.135]

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  1. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    Beautiful songs that are full of meaning, wonderful voice and unique guitar parts with extra percussion and background singers to give it a full sound while it does not stray away from its acoustic roots. Some intense songs, alluring love songs, and mellow songs that are uplifting yet sad at the same time. Listening to this album, even to the more upbeat and intense tracks, it provides a certain warmth. Favorites are "The Wolves" "Everything" "Keep Your Head Up" even the several bonus tracks we get are unique with the even-more folk oriented guitar parts. Expand