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Ben Swift - Pull

Pull

Ben Swift

Coil Records 001

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

I have a sneaking suspicion that Ben Swift's guitar driven roots rock is much more compelling live than it sound's on Pull, his debut CD.

For despite his emphatic and textural command of many a stringed instrument, this fourteen song collection sounds a tad bit too controlled: each note falling perfectly where you would suspect it belongs, and the songs mostly all built around the standard 4/4 frame. Swift's effective, parched prairie voice also strains under the studio lights, begging for the stage. Songs rising above criticism: Puppet Baby; the Knopfler-ish Burn The Mist Away and New York Rain.

Track List:

  • Is This What You Want
  • Shortest Day of the Year
  • New York Rain
  • Down With You
  • Pull
  • Miss You
  • Happy Song
  • Puppet Baby
  • Rusted Car
  • Burn the Mist Away
  • Volcano
  • Warm Hands and Bones
  • Grass is not so Green
  • Coda
Produced by Ben Swift and Dan Thompson

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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