Some things are just meant to be. I downloaded Ben Rabb's Until It's Gone and the mp3 player, instead of putting up Track #1, skipped to #2 and what would become my favorite song on what I consider one of the strongest singer/songwriter releases yet this year. New York takes me back to the early to mid-seventies in terms of music, Rabb's voice somewhere in texture between that of James Taylor and Michael Dinner, in tone maybe a bit higher. A good voice. No, an excellent voice. Indeed, if he had only voice to recommend him, it would be enough, but he has more. Lots more.
He has six songs, for instance—six top quality songs—songs to cut right through to the heart. I mean, had the player started with Track #1 (On the Fence) or Track #3 (Here Right Now) or any of the other three, I would have been equally as impressed. Some musicians struggle their whole lives and are lucky to craft six songs this good and Rabb has done it right off. Songs to reach deep down and grab your soul. Songs to uplift and to bring down. Songs to embrace and remember.
If I have a complaint about this release it is that it isn't long enough. Six songs pique my interest at every listen before it is gone. Until It's Gone. It is applicable. Luckily, when I want to, I can loop endlessly. Which is what I have been doing since receiving it.
I could go on and on about this guy, but one video is worth a thousand words. There are five more this good and better on this mini-LP. Let me rephrase that. This good and better. After watching and hearing this, my guess is that you will be searching for the rest.
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