In my life, there have been those albums that I instantly despised and then, all of a sudden, found myself loving more than anything else on the market. It happened with the first Counting Crows album, which I dismissed as tepid Van Morrison echoes until it crept into my consciousness and took me over completely. And it happened with The Killers’ “Sam’s Town,” which seemed like derivative pop tripe until “When You Were Young” got under my skin and boiled my blood. So when Benjamin Francis Leftwich offered me a Killers cover as an enticement to check out his debut EP “A Million Miles Out,” produced by Ian Grimble (Mumford & Sons), I couldn’t say no.
And I’m glad I didn’t.
The music is subtle and gentle, understated acoustic folk-rock with terrific lyrics sung in Mr. Leftwich’s beautiful voice. Here’s the video, and the mp3, of the lead track:
Oh, and that cover of When You Were Young is fantastic.
BONUS KILLERS COVER!