Reviews

CD reviews

“Imagine an opera/Broadway singer with a huge heart who dug the mellifluous side of rock and roll … a highly disciplined exercise in setting formality to an oeuvre so that its hidden side emerges…  in this highly impressive set …Benton nailed it.”
Mark S. Tucker, writing for UK-based Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) Full review here

“A natural born grown-up that knows how to make grown up music, this is a set adorned by simplicity that can even deliver the goods when Benton kicks it out on “Laughter in the Rain”. All this needs is some candlelight and the best Napa has to offer for a pretty complete evening.”
Chris Spector, MidWest Record 11/07/14. MidwestTues

“…unusual and unusually entertaining… a beautiful, powerful, emotive voice…. Benton finds the drama. Classic rock/pop tunes sound just fine with a legit voice to interpret them.”
Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics. Read the full review here: PopCultureClassicTues.tiff

“…excellent album …. as stylistically cohesive as it is carefully sequenced…. Benton’s rich vocals are immediately striking and inviting, his delivery at once stately and sensitive, dramatic and delicate, as the material requires. He makes all of these songs, no matter how iconic, sound like intimate, personal statements.
Alex Ramon ‘Boycotting Trends’ blog. Read the full review here

“Wow what a lush production and classic sound. Love that piano! Very atmospheric and dark but so melodic and an extremely clear, emotive, strong and distinctive voice – lovely cords. I love it and the lyrics really work so well. It touched me.”
Dale Olivier, Matchbox Recordings

Live performance reviews

…a truly lovely interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel’s America …pairing the opening number from Hair, Aquarius, alongside San Francisco, a huge hit during the Summer of Love… acquires a real poignancy when sung by a performer remembering his youth. Another highlight is the stripped-back version of The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset, which is stunning in its simplicity – Benton’s storytelling here is just right. Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a Changin’.. is a genuinely rousing, almost powerful interpretation of a classic work.
Views from the Gods. VFGTues

Read a blog review of the original tryout performance at Westminster Library here: Scenes from a Well-spent Youth

Audience comments

Well done for last night, you were a triumph!  So lovely to hear those old songs, and your intros were just right: informative, interesting and personal. Your enjoyment of them was such a joy to see, A wonderful set, you must do more! Olivia, audience member The Pheasantry, 08 August 2017

Great choice of songs, and you brought something new to every one of them. Tom, audience member The Pheasantry, 08 August 2017

“Your voice is wonderful and music so uplifting – really heartwarming.”

“The technique is lovely. But best is the emotions and meaning you bring to the music.”

“Tim, you are wonderful, romantic.”

“So nice to really hear the lyrics.”

“I’ve enjoyed the way you have made each song your own with the style subtly but distinctly changing in each song. Also, after many years of hearing those songs and humming along to the radio, it’s lovely to hear the words, so clearly articulated, and helped me to appreciate the meanings the writers were trying to communicate.”

“Loved it. To hear Tim Benton sing is a real bonus.”

“A lovely, gentle, contemplative evening of music.”

Original notes here: AudienceCmmnts3 

From the reviews for ‘Tale of Two Cities’

“Tim Benton’s songs of love and love unrequited thrill…” Geoff Ambler, Reviews Gate

“….sung with true depth of emotion….” Totally Theatre.com

“Kiwi performer Tim Benton is spot-on.” Alistair Smith, The Stage UK

“Tim Benton’s final number tears the theatre apart.” Aline Waites, Ham & High

Read their full reviews here: A Tale of Two Cities