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Ben Christophers - Spoonface
26 October 2001 | 10:00:00 GMT/UTC
Release: 1 January 1970 | 0:00:00 (V2)

'Spoonface'Spoonface is the second long-player from singer/songwriter Ben Christophers. It follows 1999's My Beautiful Demon.

It's the surreal music that we who don't like the norm have been waiting for. Opening are strummed guitars under Ben Christophers' falsetto vocals. In comes some light percussion and we're off. A memorable track lifting us to the high spirit of the album?

Maybe not. The Stream is very different to the opening Leaving My Sorrow Behind. We've left the guitar behind and this time opted for a piano with, is it a synth? A slow, pensive song; reminds you of Thom Yorke.

Every other track seems to be bright and happy while the other is slow and sad. Transatlantic Shooting Stars is an up-beat, psychedelic track featuring guitar strums with some jangling shooting star-like effects, and of course Ben's falsetto vocal.

Next up is the moderately paced Hooded Kiss. Moderate beat, moderate melody and even moderate pitch.

Songbird Scrapes The Sky is one of the most strange and surreal tracks on the album. It utilises a variety of instruments including what sounds like a celesta (musical instrument with a keyboard and metal plates struck by hammers that produce bell-like tones) — could be a xylophone. Again, more high vocals.

Losing Myself: the beat is reminiscent of Radiohead's Morning Bell. This is more flowing than the last track. There's a lot going on.

There seems to be a lot going on all through the album. Highlights are Leaving My Sorrow Behind and Transatlantic Shooting Stars. A definite buy if you find it difficult to tell people what sort of music you're into.


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