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Jack of Fools
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop, Rock
Ben Demerath premieres a sweetheart brand of melody-laden folk that portrays tales of pastoral love, family, and childhood. His voice is rich with melancholy color and emotive technique. On his reading of "Man of Constant ... more »
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Ben Demerath premieres a sweetheart brand of melody-laden folk that portrays tales of pastoral love, family, and childhood. His voice is rich with melancholy color and emotive technique. On his reading of "Man of Constant Sorrow" he uses his windswept vocals to mesmerizing effect. Other tracks feature Demerath waxing nostalgic with an "I'm a sensitive guy," puppy-dog delivery that will make college girls swoon. Thankfully Demerath backs up his earnest soulfulness with some strong songwriting that blossoms nicely throughout Jack of Fools while adding covers of Townes Van Zandt and Richard Thompson. --Karen K. Hugg
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Greg | MA, USA | 05/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record is fantastic! The acoustic and electric guitar work is amazing: finger picking, powerful melodic chords..... The pace of the record changes throughout: optimistic, sorrowful, reflective, fast...it's great. It's never boring. Great to listen to all the way through. Fabulous lyrics."
Wings To Fly
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 02/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ben Demerath's first solo effort after leaving Sugar Beat is worth the wait. His style is acoustic folk/pop. The strum of acoustic guitar opens "Every Shade of Blue" as Ben sings, "The sky is my brother." His sound is somewhere between John David Souther and Dan Fogelberg on "Your Town" with a chiming electric guitar that sounds like Roger McGuinn. Beautiful harmonies lace "Farther Stars," "Please darlin', let's stay just how we are, pinned together under a farther star." Ben plays tasty slide guitar and brings good energy to the traditional "Man of Constant Sorrow." The acoustic guitar shows a pretty melody with a Celtic touch as Ben's voice has a nice trill on "Farewell Farewell." "Little One" is a sweet welcoming song for a baby, "May you grow tall & find yourself and may you love." "This Wave" is a slow tune with Ben's gorgeous high tenor and Beth Amsel's backing vocals lifting the tune as if the roll of a wave. "No Need" is a bluesy midtempo rocker with a mean electric guitar. The jewel and the highlight of this CD is the gorgeous "Wings On Your Shoulder." This track is worth the price of the CD. Ben's voice is tender and reassuring, "Is there a reason why we're here? Baby, there's nothing to fear." Townes Van Zandt's "Rake" is lovely poetic folk. "Jack of Fools" is a midtempo tune with finger style guitar and a spirited vocal aching with regret. The CD closes with a soft slow tune with a pretty melody, "Age." If there's a weakness to the CD, it would be that the songs and arrangements are not that different from each other and tend to blend. The highlights and overall gentleness of the vocals makes this a sweet find. Enjoy!"
Best unknown album
S. F. Pearson | ny, ny | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ben Demerath's Jack of Fools album is one of the best "unknown" albums out there. It stands tall with my other favorite albums, which are mostly famous "name" musicians. The guitar and vocals are so honest as well as being technically fine. The slide work is masterful, especially on the first cut. The song writing is excellent, and the production supports the aforementioned honesty of Ben's performance. Bravo."