Music » CD Reviews

CD Review: Ben Davis

Charge It Up! (Lovitt)

comment

Ben Davis' name may not be familiar, but the guy is no stranger to indie rock. Davis has done time with bands like Milemarker, Sleepytime Trio and Bats & Mice, while also dropping three solo releases in the past decade. And while Davis' solo output may never reach the blustery abandon of Sleepytime Trio's hardcore or Milemarker's post-punk, it shares the same sense of experimentation. Charge It Up! is a diverse, detailed album that shows Davis' eclectic tastes. The title track is a sultry strut through no-wave, while "I Want U to Want 2" reveals that Davis was paying attention when dance-punk blew up. "Rawls Around the Fountain" is a haunting track built on interwoven guitars and melodies. Maybe it's because Davis has been at this for more than 15 years, but the only complaint you could lob at Charge It Up! is that it's too relaxed. The youthful immediacy of his former projects is almost gone here, and that's a disappointment. — Matt Whelihan

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.