LIMITED EARLY BIRD VIP TICKETS REMAIN FOR ALE FEST 2018 - GET YOURS TODAY!

Favorite

CD Review: Ben Davis 

Charge It Up! (Lovitt)

Ben Davis' name may not be familiar, but the guy is no stranger to indie rock. Davis has done time with bands like Milemarker, Sleepytime Trio and Bats & Mice, while also dropping three solo releases in the past decade. And while Davis' solo output may never reach the blustery abandon of Sleepytime Trio's hardcore or Milemarker's post-punk, it shares the same sense of experimentation. Charge It Up! is a diverse, detailed album that shows Davis' eclectic tastes. The title track is a sultry strut through no-wave, while "I Want U to Want 2" reveals that Davis was paying attention when dance-punk blew up. "Rawls Around the Fountain" is a haunting track built on interwoven guitars and melodies. Maybe it's because Davis has been at this for more than 15 years, but the only complaint you could lob at Charge It Up! is that it's too relaxed. The youthful immediacy of his former projects is almost gone here, and that's a disappointment. — Matt Whelihan

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Cool TLC @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., May 24
  • Damon Wayans Jr. @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Fri., May 25
  • Caitlin Canty @ Peninsula G.A.R. Hall

    • Sat., May 26

© 2018 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation