Review: ‘Marked Man’ – Ben Hemming

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Following on from last year’s ‘Broken Road’, Ben Hemming returns with his fourth album. The album was recorded at Masterlink Productions, a studio located in rural Woking just outside of London, with producer James Welsh at the controls. Leaning more towards the rock and blues influence, ‘Marked Man’ draws upon the feelings of rejection and isolation, a relatable topic after what the world has experienced over the last few years. The album opens with the gritty ‘Lost Faith’ a heavy production lays the foundations for Hemming’s strong vocals to sit on top. Though throughout the subject matter seems deep, there is a sense of rediscovery and acceptance. There is a strong sonic identity throughout. The stand out track comes from the title track, ‘Marked Man’ which allows the focus to lie with the lyrics as the production gives space for the emotion to linger. It’s not a record that would appeal to the average country fan, but the lyricism can certainly be appreciated by any music lover and Hemming’s vocals are strong with a pleasant tone. 

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