--Reviewed For FBC By Alex Krupa Country--
Someone Else's Tears Review:
Starting off with some very nice guitar work that’s plays a similar riff each but really catches your interest.
The drums come in which are short and sharp that really drives the track.
The vocal has a really low and breathy tone that works the compliment those long notes that are held.
My favourite part of the track are the really interesting harmonies that kick in during the chorus that seem to lift the song and really holds my attention and helps it ‘sway’
I really appreciate the use of the lap steel guitar as it really gives that sad connection being given by Benjamins lyrics.
There’s some really interesting EQ and plugins being used in the vocal that really brings out the brilliance in the vocal to counter it’s breathiness.
The song talks about lying to yourself about being upset about a breakup. He talks about pretty ‘country’ situations E.G. drinking in the morning, getting into bar fights etc...
But the clever lyrical hook is held I the songs title and really gives the song its lyrical twist that keeps it less obvious and thoughtfully dynamic.
The track holds its own in breakup songs and with a play on a phrase, really does allow it be a track that can listen to a few times to really gets the story and the descriptions being told, all to reveal themselves in songwriting mechanism that gives its praise to the writer.
Introducing BW Pike
Someone Else’s Tears is the current single from BBC Radio 2 supported and critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician Benjamin William Pike.
His current album ‘A Burdensome Year’ has received BBC Radio 2 play as well as numerous BBC local radio plays. He has also graced major commercial radio stations with an appearance on Metro Radio this year. The most recent album review from The Music Site said the album was “beautifully composed and personal, new album"
A virtuoso guitarist, adept at playing steel string, lap slide and pedal steel, Benjamin explores folk, alt. country, blues and beyond. His debut album – ‘Being & Nothingness’ was highly praised for it’s originality and unique musicianship and became one of Folk Radio’s albums of the year in 2013. Benjamin has played across the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada and has been invited to open for such luminaries as The Felice Brothers, C.W.Stoneking, Nell Bryden, The Low Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelly Joe Phelps and ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash’s guitarist).
His 2017 album - ‘A Burdensome Year’ has been picked again for album of the month by Folk Radio and has been featured in The Independent by legendary rock critic Andy Gill as well as receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from national folk and roots publications including R2 magazine and fRoots magazine. On the strength of ‘A Burdensome Year’ Benjamin was also asked to perform a live session for BBC Radio London which is available through BBC iPlayer.
Previous single City Living at :
“Handy with the guitar, this hangdog Yorkshireman” Songlines
“Brilliant fingerstyle guitarist” – The Independent
“The understated acoustic virtuoso” – R2 Magazine
“Folky, bluesy and fine it is too” – BBC London
“Outstanding guitarist and songwriter” – Folk Radio UK
“Brilliant, faultless guitar player” – Folk London
“Genuinely Creative and brilliantly deft” – Fatea Magazine
“Distinctive, involving, and rather inventive” – fRoots Magazine
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