Yes, the Family Tree Trilogy is not over. In 2015, Ben Cooper released ‘The Bastards’, a collection of B-Sides and unused songs from the other three albums. Cooper has said there are even songs for the Family Tree project that he has not recorded. Some are sequels to songs we all ready have. Uff. Just do it Ben.
Part 3 of 3. Yes, finally we have reached Return of the Jedi…I mean Return of the King…The Leaves. Yes I believe The Branches was a stronger overall outing. But this one has the biggest peaks. Two songs in particular are probably in my top 3 from the entire catalog. Those being ‘Everything Costs’ (which has an awesome music video) and ‘The Ship in Port’. ‘The Ship in Port’ is of course in reference to one of my favorite phrases from a poem by William Shedd.
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ship’s are built for”
Yeah I am not sure if that is the exact quote, but it’s something like that. Regardless this is a fantastic project and you should listen to all of them.
Favorite tracks: Everything Costs, The Ship in Port, Photograph
Part 2 of 3. The Branches is the 2nd installment and a stronger performance then the previous (The Roots). I mean ‘stronger’ in every sense of the word. The first full track ‘Holy Branches’ is much fuller then most, if not all, or the entire first Family Tree album. That is followed up by the very strong, and single worthy ‘The Mute”. Overall this is a powerful heart felt album. From cover to cover the strongest of the trilogy.
Part 1 of 3. Radical Face, AKA Ben Cooper, takes on an ambitious project with the ‘Family Tree’. This trilogy of albums tells tales of a family spanning generations. You can check out a really great companion to the album HERE. Radical Face’s website displays the tree. Awesome story telling and awesome music.
Favorite tracks: A Pound of Flesh, Ghost Towns, Always Gold