Thursday, March 10, 2016


TIME HAS COME by Ben Poole
(Manhaton Records)

Ever since UK bluesman, Ben Poole burst onto the scene with his 2013 debut, 'Let's Go Upstairs' then 2014's explosive live recording, 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall, He put the Blues rock world on notice.  Well folks, he's back! 'Time Has Come', Ben Poole's highly anticipated sophomore studio release combines his musical personality, capturing the high energy of his shows in a studio setting. The first time I listened to it, I gave it a nod as a decent piece of work. It was the third time around that I began to notice the little things that make the difference between a garden variety blues album. A carefully crafted effort that reveals a love for the music they play, demanding the listener's attention and appreciation. The songs themselves fall into a fairly narrow range of blues, blues rock and soul but the variety he offers within that scope sets this album pretty close to the top of the genre. Highlights include, the smooth "Lying To Me", the soulful,  “I Think I Love You Too Much” (which features Aynsley Lister), the funkified bluesy, "Stay At Mine", “If You Want" and the album closing, "The Question Why". 'Time Has Come' has that intangable spark that takes the listener through the album, song by song, taking you by surprise many times, delighting your ears with familiar yet somehow very fresh sounds built around the loose constructs of blues rock. I think anyone who appreciates this genre will be mightily moved by this astounding display of deep commitment and pure talent. Ben Poole's time has definitely come. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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