Beta Male Fairytales

Beta Male Fairytales

by Ben's BrotherBen's Brother
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Overview

The debut album by London five-piece band Ben's Brother, Beta Male Fairytales saw Jamie Hartman stepping out from the shadow of his big brother Ben, who inspired the group name, with a self-written, soulful, and emotion-filled album featuring 12 tracks, all written by Hartman. Ben's Brother were a proper gigging band (not one discovered on a TV talent show), but the vocal qualities are not dissimilar to Ben Mills, who did nearly win The X Factor. The problem that Ben's Brother faced was that the mid-2000s were awash with singers who had that Rod Stewart/Joe Cocker gravelly vocal quality, from established stars like the Stereophonics to newcomers like Paolo Nutini, and Beta Male Fairytales had nothing to distinguish it from the background coffee-table albums prevalent at the time. It opens with "Rise" and "Beauty Queen," both tracks released as singles and both straightforward piano and guitar-led midtempo ballads. The tracks "Home," "Bad Dream," and "God by Another Name" had some of the musical arrangement qualities of Keane, but the penultimate track was an interesting 98-second instrumental, "Harmonica in F (Interlude)," almost an Irish jig on the acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094639378425
catalogNumber: 393784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben's Brother   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Gayle Mayes   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Viola
Dan McKinna   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave Hattee   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Claes Björklund   Piano,Electric Guitar,Juno
Martin Terefe   Electric Guitar,African Drums
Sacha Skarbek   Piano
Rob Bailey   Electric Guitar
Jamie Hartman   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Harmony,Synthesizer Strings,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Sven Lindvall   Bass,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Kiris Houston   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Morgan Quaintance   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Davison   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kelly Pribble   Engineer
Jamie Lewis   Piano Engineer
Claes Björklund   drum programming,Atmosphere
Martin Terefe   Composer,Producer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Michael Caffery   Guitar Engineer
Pete Gordeno   Composer
Jamie Hartman   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Aaron Chmielewski   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Jonathan Stinson   Assistant Vocal Engineer
George Tandero   Engineer
Iain Hill   Engineer,Piano Engineer
Kyle Ginther   Assistant Vocal Engineer

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Beta Male Fairytales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written songs, and Jamie's voice is a cross between Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams. Very original. This CD is addicting. I heard them live singing with the band, One Fine Frenzy, and they were awesome live.