Singer/song-writer Ben Howard offers up the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2011 album effort ‘Every Kingdom’, with the release of his sophomore album ‘I Forget Where We Were’. The new album features Ben Howard presenting his song-writing strengths all over again, though with a wholly new perspective that makes ‘I Forget Where We Were’ a worthy follow up to his debut effort. Much of the album offers up a dark experience, expression notions of lost love and failed relationships. Elements of the album perhaps feel a little bit clichéd at times, not coming across as strongly as the singer’s debut effort did, though there’s still much to enjoy.
Ben Howard’s latest effort doesn’t offer much of the youthful pleasantries that the debut effort presented, instead opting for a more mature and thus sombre approach to the themes and concepts that truly dominate the album. Much of the effort feels every bit as enjoyable as the debut effort did, though in quite a different context. Howard’s efforts feel more downplayed for the most part, making sections where the music explodes into loud instrumental sections feel much more impactful and strengthening the music.
Howard’s latest effort seems to expand upon the more sombre tracks from his debut effort, offering us quite dark yet mellow tracks. There’s not as much hope as the debut effort presented, and whilst it certainly offers up many strengths in its own right, the whole effort doesn’t seem as strong as Howards’ debut effort. There’s little warmth and comfort to be found in the songs, which might perhaps alienate some fans of the singer, despite it being something we’ve been presented before by Howard.
Howard’s song-writing talents certainly come across well on his sophomore effort, though the whole album lacks in certain places. The album might alienate some fans of the singer, though there’s still a lot to be enjoyed, with many of the tracks coming across incredibly strongly. The effort is perhaps darker in tones, though Howard’s creative talents don’t come across any less than they ever have done. Within its own rights, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ is a worthy follow-up to ‘Every Kingdom’, giving Howard the capacity to move forward from his debut effort in very interesting and worthwhile ways.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Small Things
- I Forget Where We Were
- End Of The Affair
Ben Howard’s latest album ‘I Forget Where We Were’ is out now.