An here I was thinking that the title "album of the year 2011" was dedicated to Ryan Adam's "Ashes & Fire". Then a friend told me I should check Ben Howard out. And since then I have not been able to stop playing this album.
There is not a single bad track, not a single bad note on here. From the first track "Old Pine" with its gorgeous intro to the ending "Promise" we are treated to one of the best albums I have ever heard in this genre. Yes, it is THAT good.
Howard handles up-tempo, mid-tempo and slow songs equally good. His voice captures the listener and fits perfectly with the music.
It is actually difficult to pinpoint any particular higlights on "Every Kingdom", there are just so many. "Old Pine" is great, "Everything" is beautiful, "Only Love" is fantastic. I could go on for quite a while with this one. But all i really should be saying is: GET THIS ALBUM! Also, make sure to get the Deluxe Edition where you get a bouns CD as well as a DVD with some cool videos.