Über Ben's Brother
Piano and guitar form the basis for the vulnerable songs of London-based Ben's Brother. The band's name alludes to singer Justin Hartman's childhood spent growing up in the shadow of his older, more athletic brother Ben. Hartman's lyrics continually either celebrate his own personal wimpiness or apologize for it, sometimes within the same song. Choruses begging various girls to think again before ditching him, a scratchy Rod Stewart singing voice and a willingness to sing in falsetto make him something of a James Blunt with more soul.