Album Review: Ben Rector – The Walking In Between

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Ben RectorThe Walking In Between
Aptly Named Recordings
Release Date – August 20th 2013

Recommended if you like: Dave Barnes, Green River Ordinance, Jason Reeves

Ben Rector’s career has come a long way over the last 3 years. In 2010, his record Into The Morning received plenty of recognition by charting high on the iTunes Charts as well as Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. The next release, Something Like This, earned him the #4 overall spot on the iTunes chart and opening slots on tours with highly touted bands like Needtobreathe and Colbie Caillat. His most recent release out on August 20th has raised the bar even higher. After years of being the second-to-last act on tours, Rector is headlining a fall tour hitting some pretty large venues. Spanning from Los Angeles’ House of Blues to New York’s Irving Plaza, this tour is set to be the largest headlining tour of his career.

The Walking In Between is a record about the ordinary things in life and the beauty that lives in them. Throughout these 13 songs, we’re reminded of that unique sound that has made Rector a staple in his genre. His unmistakeable voice has a way of cutting through the layers of sound and blasting its way to the forefront. In the lead single “Beautiful,” the acoustic guitar and mandolin led song give the feel of a truly nostalgic song while Rector sings, “I was 16 with an open heart/ Windows down in a beat-up car/ When I was dumb and the world was young and she was beautiful/ she was beautiful.” He seems to sum up the feel of the album in the song “I Like You” when he says, “There are way too many love songs/ and I think they’ve got it all wrong/ ‘cause life is not the mountain tops/ it’s the walking in between.”

While this album is certainly a solid album, it doesn’t offer much growth from a musical standpoint. The songs tend to follow the same flow and feel that can be found on much of Rector’s previous releases. This should not be seen as a huge downfall, especially considering Rector focuses more of his attention on the lyrics and theme of the record and less on the musical composition.

For many people, The Walking In Between may be the first Ben Rector album they have ever heard due in part to having the opportunity to play in front of a lot more people across the nation on this new tour. For those new found fans, this record will be a home run. For those who have been around for the last three records, the response may be a bit more mixed. Regardless of your own personal opinion, we can all agree that it’s exciting to see music like this getting its fair share of mainstream attention.

You can order the album on Amazon and iTunes. You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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