Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- SCOTT BENSON -- Self-Titled

SELF-TITLED
Scott Benson
Indie
9.5-out-of-10

When you put a CD on the player and the first song reminds of Enter the Haggis you should be darned excited.
So when Scott Benson’s self-titled album started with Moshin The Floor, a Gaelic-inspired piece, mixing in a sprinkling of classical guitar, I was hooked, and ready for a great musical experience.
To Benson’s credit he did not disappoint.
I suppose I could sum up this album in one word - Wow!, and just leave it at that, although the review wouldn’t exactly fill a lot of space in the newspaper.
However, I would suggest if you love Celtic music with a bit of an experimental edge, just forget the rest of the review, get on your computer, go to www.scottbenson.ca and order this disk.
For those still reading, when I say edgy, Benson, a fiddler by trade, really does push the musical form at times. As an example Streets of Gold actually has a rap element with vocals from Philly 5. I am so not a rap fan that I rarely review it. Here though Benson makes it work.
The Darkness Befalls the Light and Roses and Reincarnations are more traditional, but Benson, who had his hand in writing both, shows he has a modernistic approach to crafting Celtic music.
Overall, the CD is just plain fantastic. Very highly recommended. Just buy it.
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug 11, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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