… and the Award for the most appropriately named album goes to: Ben Rector’s, Magic.
Truth time: A few years ago Ben Rector was playing in Los Angeles and Gavin James was his opener. My friend and I decided to buy last minute tickets and left as soon as Gavin James finished his set. I remembered this fact right after the first song off of Magic played; I immediately regretted it. Look, it was a long work day and I was young and dumb back then (this was two years ago).
The album starts with “Extraordinary Magic” and that’s how the entirety of this album feels. It isn’t tangible and you’ll find yourself struggling to describe the feeling but this album holds your heart with care and refuses to let go. I often find myself feeling jaded, it’s things like the daily news cycle, which is bombarded with tragedy and lack of humanity that has me in a constant battle with myself and my optimism. How do you find the pockets of sunshine on days that feel so terribly gloomy?
Well Ben Rector found a way and we should be eternally grateful to him.
Look, I like ugly-crying to a sad song as much as the next guy but if I had to pick my favorite song topic, it would be love. I am obsessed with discovering the new ways that songwriters find to describe falling in love, being in love, wanting to love, etc. Reminder that I say this as a very single and sometimes lonely human but a good love song immediately brings a smile to my face and this album is full of them.
“I Will Always Be Yours” feels like the kind of song that fits perfectly in a romantic comedy. It’s meant to be played while the guy realizes how much the girl means to him and he finds himself running after her. #GiveUsMoreRomanticComediesIn2019
I’d run through flames
Push back fate, break down walls
I’d give my heart
Give my breath, give it all
“Duo” is the cute song you sing to your significant other while he/she is cooking you dinner. The song is the kind of happy pop song that “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat was. It has a playful dance beat, a fun melody and quirky lyrics that you’ll struggle to get out of your head.
I am Lennon, you’re McCartney (yeah)
‘Cause I could never have imagined
All the ways you make my heart beat (bum bum)
They say love’s all you need, well
Please, please let it be, yeah
“Over” is the first dance at a wedding. It’s romantic and affirms the roots of a relationship, it makes me want to get up and dance with my partner … and then I realize I’m all alone and everything gets sad and depressing again. Joking (kinda).
You are the real thing
The novel before the film
All the nuance, every letter
And you do things to me
Like they have never been done
A love like ours could last forever, and ever
This album is nostalgia (“Boxes”), ambition (“Drive”), hope (“Peace”) and a sprinkle of sadness (“Sometimes”) wrapped into one magical album. I have been sleeping on the talent that is Ben Rector and I have no idea why. When the world is full of sadness that you can’t seem to get away from, Ben Rector is the perfect dose of happiness that is needed right now. He has created 13 work of arts and every single song on Magic is worth listening to. This is just what I needed after the past couple of weeks of bed-ridden depression that I’ve had. So do yourself a favor and kick off your Monday with this wonderful collection of music.