gullbuy music review

Ten Benson


Black Snow


Cottage Records


Ten BensonSounding like a cross between Jim Caroll's 'All the People Who Died' and ZZ Top's 'La Grange,' Ten Benson's 'Black Snow' is not typical gullbuy fare. But Benny, Paul, Jonny, and Chris are jokesters who have a wit that comes through clear on the 2 full lengths and handful of singles Ten Benson have put out since gullbuy reviewed their debut single 'Rock Cottage' back in 99.

All three songs on this EP have a Christmas theme to them. 'Black Snow' is the most energetic and the standout track.

'Snowman-Snowgirl' is a pretty good track too with boogie guitar riff and John Bonham styled drumming below the lyrics 'I'm a snow man, she's a snow girl, stay together in a freezing world.' The lyric shows bring a smile to anyone who knows how hard it is to make a relationship work. At once the snow man/girl image is magical, but also fragile and dependent on the weather, which no one has control over.

'Listen, the Snow is Falling' has a Calvin Johnson styled deep vocal and a lazy beat. Written by Yoko Ono, originally recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as the b-side of 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' (Apple 1971), Ten Benson's cover of 'Listen, the Snow is Falling' shows the boys have more between their ears than heavy metal thunder.

---Carl, August 6, 2002