Ben Glover - 26 Letters

Friday 6th July 2001
Ben Glover - 26 Letters
Ben Glover - 26 Letters

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Word 080688608729
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Philip Crawley

I was fighting all the prejudices here - blue-eyed soul boy straight out of Nashville on Word - I was ready to not like this. How wrong can you be? Somewhere between Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael Card sits 23 year old Mr Ben Glover. He's recorded an album of 11 self-penned numbers - all with a fairly minimal band arrangement that doesn't sound too produced. I felt that I had to re-visit my assessment at the start of every song because there are loads of surprises. Heartfelt solo acoustic guitar gives way to quite edgy sequenced beats and all within the context of some very insightful lyrics. He is very honest in his writing, particularly on "My Only Hope" where he talks about " appetite for sin" and "...all the hidden things I say" - got me thinking about myself. As a debut album this is a stormer - well crafted songs of faith and community that hasn't been let down by formulaic production. The website is promising audio clips (so you can try before you buy) - but if you even vaguely imagine this as being your thing then give it a go - you won't be disappointed.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. 26 Letters [Listen]
2. Too Many Miracles [Listen]
3. Stolen By Mercy [Listen]
4. The Man I Want To Be [Listen]
5. Running After Me [Listen]
6. Hope Will Be My Song [Listen]
7. Dancing With Cactus [Listen]
8. Welcome To America [Listen]
9. My Only Hope [Listen]
10. Lying To Myself [Listen]
11. All Comes Down [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 01:37 on Oct 21 2010

I had heard the title song "26 Letters" play on ccm airwaves. I Never caught the guy's name who sang the song until awhile later. I really like his vocals, kind'a energized in a way; you can tell he likes to sing! I was hopin' to see at least one more release from this guy. Right now he is a one hit wonder!!
"26 Letters" is a great song!! GOD Bless! -Don

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