Ben Craven – Last Chance to Hear
In 2011, Australian multi-instrumentalist released the superb Great & Terrible Potions, a one-man-band affair that took on the widescreen popular-progressive approach of Yes and Pink Floyd. We’ve had to wait nearly half a decade for the follow-up, but it’s been worth the wait. Craven wears his influences on his sleeve, yet he still creates something that’s very much his own, full of delightful time shifts, bone-crushing riffs and indelible melodies. It all sounds quite three-dimensional, too. Some listeners will gravitate toward the William Shatner guest vocal, but don’t let that star turn overshadow the consistent quality of the overall set.