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ALBUM REVIEW: "The View From Here" by Tim Bennett

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Americana music is the style of the unconventional.

Musicians such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie revolutionized the genre past the beatniks and country enthusiasts. Since that time, the style has found its footing in coffee shops and dive bars.

This is where you’re bound to find Tim Bennett’s album.

His third studio album, The View From Here hit music stores on August 11. What one considers a fusion of bluegrass, country and classic rock, others call it for what it is: coloring by numbers.

Since 2014, Bennett has put out two solo albums. Originally part of a band, his band embodied the spirit of the Americana genre. 

“That album was what I came to think Americana was all about; country, blues, folk, bluegrass and a little bit of rock,” Bennett said.

In 2016, Bennett would break away from the band.

He ventured out of the norm and worked on his two solo albums to come out. The first, known as Inevitable Discovery, struck a chord with fans desperate for a sound not often heard.

However, when it comes to the second album, it left much to be desired.

With an 11 track album, Bennett captures the spirit of the middle-class American. From songs like “As Long As You’re Buying” and “Coulda Woulda Shoulda”, it expresses the feelings of blue collar workers as they go from day-to-day.

Though I did not find this album to be something that I could listen to on repeat, there was a quality about it that kept bringing me back. What this album lacks in originality, it makes up for in its ability to become ambient music in the background.

One song on the album made me come back to the track.

The song is called “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.” What makes this song powerful is the man who originally wrote it- Bob Dylan.

There is a set of lyrics within the song that summarizes the way that people are willing to let go of everything to be with the one that they love. Whether you believe in love or not, Bennett has a keen ability to make you feel the words that he sings.

“Is it really any wonder, the love that a stranger might receive,” Bennett sings. “You cast your spell and I went under, I find it so difficult to leave.”

This ability that Bennett possesses is one of his greatest assets.

You hear of people like Bennett playing in cafes and on street corners across America and you’re bound to never bat an eye. Aside from the occasional tip, one wouldn’t spend more than a handful of minutes listening.

Bennett's voice makes you want to listen. Perhaps it has to deal with the age and the experience that you can hear in his voice while he sings. This is where the old conquer the new in this genre.

Americana has empowered those who wish to break from the societal norms. With this in mind, the soul of the music comes from the experiences. Bennett has expressed more than a love loss, a great time, and a wonderful could be heard on a modern beatnik album.

The View From Here is by no means perfection; however, it has a good sound. It’s the type of sound you play with family over so you can relax during dinner. It’s the sound you want while drifting in the cove of a lake by the lining of an inner-tube.

More importantly, Tim Bennett’s album keeps the heart of Americana beating. 

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