Ben Buddy Slack - Miserabelia
Blind Dead McJones man goes solo
Quite a while back now I got the great pleasure of writing a review for the début album for the very cool Blind Dead McJones band, now further down the line its pleasure time again as lead singer Ben goes solo for his own album.
Right from the first note of the first track My Voice, you can tell this album is not only different from Ben’s stuff with the band but a natural progression of the inner cool that helps to make a unique sound. Stripped down, this collection of Ben’s music simply soaks into the soul with such ease that you can’t help but love it. Throughout the album from tracks like In my head to Dragons you can hear all of Ben’s love for old Blues and the kind of music that modern styles are built on and reminds us of just how brilliant this form can be. Even with cheeky little short numbers like The Man In The Hole, which is over before you realise it you can’t complain because it fits perfectly. Any more and the effect would be lost and the song would become just another track, for those of you that are lucky enough to already possess a copy of this album I can say Kudos to you and spread the word because this is one album that every music lover should have in their collection.
Towards the end of Miserabelia you come to what have become my favourites of the album, the first being Same Old Story and this track to me places a spotlight on what makes Ben so special. All through this track you can hear the skill coupled with a sheer ease that makes any musician more than a little jealous and no sooner have you fallen in love with it does it move into Dragons. This track is a perfect verbal glimpse into what makes Ben tick, amazingly sung and beautifully written. Take the time to listen more than once because this track is filled with little gems, the lyrics are a great example of Ben’s style and the way he sees the world.
Every track on this album fits like the perfect Tetris game, I have always said that each album always has one song that doesn’t seem to fit the over all feel but I may now have to change that opinion. In fact over the course of all twelve songs the only thing I would even consider changing would be that I would love to hear a version with all the crackles of music produced in the early 20s, like an old radio recording or early vinyl but that’s just me being a little strange as usual. All in all I have to say that this album is beautifully made and you don’t listen as much as absorb it, put it on and let it soak into you and you will not be disappointed. The last thing I will say is a lot of bands and singers always site their influences and styles they wish to emulate, Ben Buddy Slack is fast becoming an influence and I am sure that his name will be mentioned a lot over time as a reason for new bands and writers to try their hand at this game.
It’s also a little known fact that a while back Ben had all his internal organs and skeleton removed to make room for the amount of cool needed to make his music, a small price to pay for such talent. Well played Ben.
Much love and good times to y’all.