Benjamin Brackett | Hear Ye Hear Ye

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Hear Ye Hear Ye

by Benjamin Brackett

Plangent, melancholy, and sweet; this album blends folk, pop, and indie rock sensibilities into an album that is at once deceptively simple and rife with grand themes.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cold Comfort Farm
3:30 $0.99
2. Abacus
3:54 $0.99
3. You've Got The Market Cornered
4:14 $0.99
4. Silver Spoon
2:59 $0.99
5. A Fireworks Display
5:31 $0.99
6. Pins and Hooks
3:14 $0.99
7. Quiet As I Can
4:59 $0.99
8. Weather Systems
2:32 $0.99
9. House and Home
3:48 $0.99
10. Homesick Love Song
5:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benjamin Brackett recorded his debut album over the course of one rainy week in Seattle, WA. Nestled within the confines of the famed Studio Litho, Brackett played all manner of instruments, laying down ten tracks that would make up the body of Hear Ye Hear Ye, released on December 18th through his own label, Casa De Stereo.

Combining influences that range from Wilco and The Band, to Elliott Smith and Big Star, Hear Ye Hear Ye deals with love, loneliness, and societal alienation through a series of vignettes that reveal grand themes within their own personal codes. Written over the course of three years while Brackett was a guitar player in various other bands, these songs were first recorded to four-track tape machine and stored in a closet shelf, until they slowly found their way into the hands of various friends and associates.

Soon after, Brackett was commissioned to turn these songs into a full length record for an upcoming label being started by a friend. The plans for that label fell through in the midst of Brackett starting work on the album, and the record was then finished and released on his own label, Casa De Stereo.



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In Opposites World: Worst Album Ever
I am not going to say that Ben's record is the cure for cancer (but the American Cancer Society will if they'd let me continue my research), but I will say this:

Imagine if Christ himself bled into a beer bong that was attached to the mouth of an already drunk leprechaun. now imagine the leprechaun's puke of godly blood and liquor (whilst ignoring the racial slurs, no matter how magically clever and delicious they may be) is then magically transformed into sound- Now you've fully experienced Hear Ye, Hear Ye. that is of course if you're pants are off... DON'T LISTEN TO THE RECORD WITH PANTS ON! you'll stifle it's profound effects.

Seriously though, Ben's work is and always has been impressive. His talent has always seemed to be natural and it's no surprise that his record is as well written/performed/explained as it is. On a personal level, I can't wait to see what's next for this kid.

Lincoln Barr

A simply stellar debut album...
Benjamin Brackett's debut album is humbling, frankly. I'm sure I'd hate him if I didn't like his record so damn much.

The consistent quality of the songwriting is astounding, for a gentleman of any age (despite what some might lead you to believe, youth is no excuse for mediocre songs, and you'll find none of those here), and the performances are fantastic. Ben's got a unique voice---unassuming, occasionally even frail-sounding, but always right on pitch. His delivery is captivating, and it makes you want to lean and and hear what he's on about.

I haven't even gotten to the drumming yet, have I? And what about the guitars? The direct, uncluttered production from Shawn Simmons? Oh well, that will have to wait until next time.

My favorite songs are "Pins and Hooks" (!), "Abacus," "Silver Spoon," and "A Fireworks Display." If you don't dig 'em...well, there went your reason to live.

I'm excited (but a little scared) to hear what Mr. Brackett comes up with next. Suffice to say I'll be listening.