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Ben Lang

Modern Man EP

Review by Gary Hill

This short collection of songs is perhaps more effective than it is consistent in terms of style. Don't get me wrong, there isn't an enormous range, but there are varying leanings on different tracks. I would have to say that to me the second half of the disc is stronger than the first half, but it's all pretty solid.

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Track by Track Review
Houston-New Orleans
Modern Man
There is a cool soft rock groove with hints of jazz to this cut. A DIY singer-songwriter sound finishes the picture. 
Nailin' It
I dig the intricate acoustic guitar picking at the heart of this number. The vocals come in over the top of that arrangement.
Hollow Spaces
I like this folk tune. It has a rather playful vibe to it. It's feels a bit more light-hearted that some of the other music here.
Tee Off With Your Head
Now, this is even more light-hearted. It's an energized and fun number with a healthy helping of country in the mix.
Mr. Moon
A slower folk tune, this has some real jazz hints in the mix. It's another fun one. It's also quite brief.
 
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