Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole
Ben Poole is a guitarist who has been on the radar of many within the U.K./European Blues circuit for a while with his fan base loyal and growing. His latest album out on Manhaton Records on 1st April is no April’s Fools, it is the piece of the jigsaw that will raise Ben’s authority as a great guitarist. Yes – Time Has Come for Ben Poole.
The guitar is thrilling, from the beginning and like any opening track Lying To Me hooks you into the blues ambiance that will get you excited and want to hear more of what this exciting guitarist has to offer over the next ten tracks. Does it disappoint… No it does not opening with feisty power the tone builds the layers thicken and the turmoil of love seeps through the DNA of Time Has Come.
As Ben says “This album has a really nice overview of my style”. Ben’s style may be drenched in the blues but not drowning in the genre. Into the mix across the album is rock, soul and then the spicy twist of funk and soul. Time Has Come has a universal appeal with its depth of flavor and musical reach. The addition of three wonderful guitarist that understand contemporary blues Aynsley Lister, Todd Sharpville and Henrik Freischlader, and then the organ chords courtesy of Dutchman Bob Fridzema adding a raw edge plus those instantly recognisable backing vocals of Stevie Nimmo this is a ten track phenomenon. This addition of four blues giants adds to the depth of tone and shape making this studio album stand out and yet still retaining the integrity of Ben’s live performance. The rhythm section throughout is the perfect stable and deep platform of sound whichever combination. On the majority of tracks Wayne Proctor and bassist Steve Amadeo or on two songs from Ben’s band bassist Matt Beable and Craig Bacon’s drumming.
Three tracks in and there is a change of direction a laid back, gentler number Longing For A Woman with the inspired combination of acoustic delicacy and electric fire. This is a track where once again guitars are given their freedom to soar. Blues that is free like the clearest of clear blue sky, the horizon is pure and open and the heart of blues guitar can fly.
Ben’s vocals throughout grind out sometimes gently other times full of hope and hurt the emotional turmoil of love. They bring expressive intelligence to the lyrics as Ben shares his experiences of love from deep within his heart and soul. BUT it is the emotion in the six-strings that really shape, bend and tear at your heart-strings creating a deep electric blues vibe.
Half way through and the antonym to the title Time Might Never Come appears and forms part of his live act and always pleases. This rendition has a new expressive feel the drums pound out the undercurrents and Time Might Never Come is explored. The vocals and long chords from the organ are filled with anguish of loneliness as Ben sings “tomorrow will be to late… Time Might Never Come”. The guitar lead break is bitter sweet and churns around your emotional mood; once again on this album it is Ben’s personal connection with the listener that adds a deeply personal touch. No wonder Ben has been dubbed as f*cking amazing by Jeff Beck with the spell-binding lead breaks throughout the album.
There are lighter moments on the album Stay At Mine and Just When You Thought it was Safe with an up-tempo beat that makes the feet tap and the guitar tone lightens and shapes the musical journey. Closing with Question Why the blues is full on and sweet. There certainly is no Question Why, the Time Has Come for Ben Poole.
The time has definitely arrived for Ben Poole. His guitar playing and lyrics have gained a self-determination thanks to Andy Banfield’s skilled engineering and the production vision of Wayne Proctor (King King’s Drummer) and into the mixing Steve Wright. They have combined to unfetter Ben’s inhibitions and capture the essence of this young man’s power as a blues guitarist extraordinaire. Superfly have captured, distilled and shaped the substance that is Ben live in a studio setting. Superfly Studios, have unleashed a blues guitarist of monstrous proportions whose time has truly come.
Currently On tour with Stevie Nimmo – dates below.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
Ben Poole Time Has Come Manhaton Records Release Date 1st April
- Lying To Me
- I Think I Love You Too Much
- Longing For A Woman
- If You Want To Play With My Heart
- Time Might Never Come
- Stay At Mine
- You’ve Changed
- Just When You Thought It Was Safe
- Whoever Invented Love
- The Question Why