Around Hear: July 2009: Illinois Entertainer review of “Hope Street”
Following a stint in San Diego, Americana act Ben Ripani returned home to Chicago and released his 2008 solo debut Hope Street — an album rife with rich instrumentation and soulful vocals. Some songs here are stripped to only the acoustic guitar to showcase Ripani’s poetics, which certainly hold up. But the best moments capture both his production and songwriting prowess, like the head-bopping “Get A Hold Of Me.” Appearing: August 22nd at Yakzie’s in Chicago. (www.benripani.com)
– Max Herman
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