Album Reviews

Published on March 29th, 2006 | by Helen Irvine


Ben Calvert / Love; defenestrated

Read the words as you listen, or at another time. It really might make a difference.

Being a good little girl, I did as the inlay card for Ben Calvert’s’ Love; Defenestrated instructed and read the words along with the music and to be honest it did make a difference, having not done that for a while, what with your music that’s downloaded straight onto your ipod/mp3 player whatchewmacallit or in my case straight onto the computer it is something that gets missed out and made a change doing so.

Love; defenestrated is a collection of beautifully crafted songs that leave you looking for more. You will instantly fall in love with Ben Calvert’s voice and music.

For those that don’t know, Love; defenestrated literally means love thrown out the window. Like being told some bad news while the informer is smiling sweetly it is hard not to fall in love with these songs.

Bittersweet songs about lost love and single parenting, my favourite being the opening track fly no more (ode to the single dad) which perfectly let’s us know what to expect from this e.p.

Love; defenestrated is a heart warmingly beautiful collection of songs, with each song lovingly crafted (with the love that wasn’t chucked out the window. I imagine) with what can only be described as pure talent.

Root around outside the window and scramble all the missing pieces and chuck some well deserved love back at Ben Calvert (or just go and buy the CD, which to be honest is probably the better option).

About the Author

Where there are underground gigs in London, Helen is there. Especially when the gig is in a dive bar or pub so she can have a drink at the same time.

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