Ben Rabb is a fresh addition to the folk scene in New York City with his debut album, Until It’s Gone. The record opens itself up with On The Fence, which showcases his ability to compose complex guitar riffs. The track focuses on the differences between youth and adulthood. Rabb feels as if it, “…doesn’t seem so simple now as it did back then”. New York follows and takes inspiration from Rabb’s experiences in the big apple. It goes through different stages of a relationship that gets weak in the mist of all the hustle and bustle of the city. Figurative language guides me through the piece with lines such as, “Start out with a broken dream, like an empty train full of hope but running on steam”. Orchestral tones add to the somber emotions exposed in the lyrics.
Here Right Now is about the temptation of returning to an old romantic interest. You don’t know if he gives in to his weaknesses or not, until the very last line. Bill gives listeners insight on Rabb as an individual. He explains his shyness, his triumph, and his life motto of simplicity. He compares his journey to Robert Frost’s by singing, “Mr. Frost was along this road the same”. He goes on to further justify his journey in NYC by claiming it helped him find himself, because after all, “What’s wrong with wondering as long as the ground is planted on your feet”. The record ends with a romantic ballad titled, Take My Hand.
Ben Rabb structures his music around the core principles of songwriting and composing. He lets you into the intimate details of every tale he tells throughout Until It's Gone. The album leads me to crave more than just the five tracks it contains.
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