BEN KUNDER Better Human Comino Music [Release date 28.08.18]
Toronto singer songwriter’s Ben Kunder’s 2015 debut Golden might have been ‘critically acclaimed’ but that doesn’t appear to have translated to a great deal of public interest if the lack of Amazon reviews either side of the pond is anything to go by.
His follow up, Better Human, propelled by strings, pedal steel alongside guitars, bass, drums and keys, and a plethora of harmony vocal contributors sits deep in Don Henley, Paul Simon, Marc Cohn, Ray LaMontagne and Bruce Hornsby territory, occupying that rarefied space between folk, country, pop and soft rock.
For the most part mournful and melancholy, it’s a consistent set that even without any standout tracks should appeal to aficionados of the genre. Kunder will set foot on these soils for a handful of promotional dates in October. ***
Review by Pete Whalley
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