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Brit Award champion and all-round likeable singer/songwriter Ben Howard returns with his sophomore album release ‘I Forgot Where We Were’ today. 
 
Before we go on, we must confess, Howard’s hugely successful debut album ‘Every Kingdom’ didn’t really do it for us, we found it ever-so-slightly middle of the road, however, maybe we weren’t paying enough attention at the time. In stark contrast, the noises coming out of the Ben Howard camp in the run-up to album number two definitely caught our attention and we have been pretty gripped ever since.
 
Album Review - Ben Howard ‘I Forget Where We Were’
As always with any release that has revealed three exceptional singles in the lead-up to its official release, we stepped to the LP with equal parts anticipation and caution. The list of albums that fall victim to not ‘plugging the gaps’ between the big singles is literally endless, Jessie Ware’s latest springs to mind, however, Ben Howard has proven himself versatile and dextrous enough to elaborate on the key album themes with real quality throughout ‘I Forgot Where We Were’.
 
Each and every song is worth a small portion of gold; the aforementioned lead singles ‘End Of The Affair’, ‘Conrad’ and title track ‘I Forgot Where We Were’ are the gold bars amongst the bullion, however, the tracks in between and amongst the heavily rotated radio pillars stand alone as Howard weaves his very-own heart broken musical tapestry. Every track is beautiful, it really is as simple as that. Driven by an excellent level of visionary songwriting skill, partnered with exquisite guitar work throughout, the album sounds equal parts classic and contemporary in form, which (might we add) is an incredibly tricky thing to achieve.
 
Album Review - Ben Howard ‘I Forget Where We Were’
Beautifully crafted singer / songwriter releases are not exactly a rare thing; from the Bryan Adams and Chris Isaak’s to the Newton Faulkner’s and Nick Mulvey’s of this world, they are EVERYWHERE. In this regard, the success of an album of this kind is defined by the smallest things, the tiniest moments really do define its standing in the grander scheme of things. Luckily for all Ben Howard fans ‘I Forgot Where We Were’ is beautifully considered throughout, like exquisitely considered. We cannot express how enjoyable a listen it is… 
 
In this respect, ‘I Forgot Where We Were’ has all the qualities needed to be filed under ‘timeless’ in the not-so distant future.
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