Musician Ben Howard, age 25 British artist, has finally blessed New York City with his magical voice. September 19, 2012 marked a milestone for him and his band playing at Webster Hall. With each of his last two visits to the big city, he has increased his size of venue and his talented performances. The lights were like stars in the sky and his giant green apple on the back of the stage showed his appreciation for making it here with sold out ticket sales. Vocally, he is reminiscent of a more optimistic David Gray and a very California take on folk. With the demand he's made for attention across the UK and Europe with just one album, Every Kingdom, he is now on tour in America and making an equal impact on all age groups. His lyrics speak to a broad audience and members of the audience ranged from young adults to elders, although his somewhat cult following who knows all his lyrics seems to be strong in the 25-35 age range.
The concert opened with a song that was lyrically poignant similar to how his other music does. It didn't have the direct positivity that many of his other songs like "Keep Your Head Up" and "Only Love" do but the message was still clear that he is in your heart when he is in your ear, There is only hope that he will maintain the magical happiness and optimism for our generation that his dark melodies and solemness ring true in his music. He should most certainly take into account when creating his next album that most of the energy in his shows is stirred at his more upbeat and danceable melodies and that people like to see him happy. There is no question the musical talents that were flowing on stage and that with another few albums like this one, a star has been seen that night at Webster Hall.
It couldn't help to be noticed that there seemed to be some kind of spark in the music that was similar to an onstage spark with his backup female singer and cellist who apparently is new to the tour or has been missing from the beginning of the American tour anyway. Either way, the only time Howard moved from his mic all night was to walk over to her and hit a few jamming chords along with her. The rest of his energy was solely for expressing the music everyone was there to see and he did this with somber directed passion and perfect pitch. It would be safe to say that a huge part of the music community is eager and readily awaiting purchase of the next creation from this powerful musician.