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I Forget Where We Were

U.K. acoustic storyteller finds his voice on Album Two

Ben Howard I Forget Where We Were

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: Portrait of English singer-songwriter Ben Howard, taken on March 20, 2013. (Photo by Joby Sessions/Total Guitar Magazine via Getty Images)

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English folkie Ben Howard has several EPs and a 2011 album to his name, but this follow-up is his strongest statement yet. From the first discordant strains of “Small Things” to the meditative “All Is Now Harmed,” Howard strikes a sure-footed balance between the lilting ballads we’ve come to expect from past releases (see the new album’s “She Treats Me Well”) and more haunting dirges that carry the weight of remorse (check the title track). I Forget Where We Were delivers a darker Howard, one who embraces loneliness and disappointment instead of shying away from them. As mild as the music might often sound, this is an album that cuts deep.

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