Some reviews of 2009’s Field Guide to Loneliness“Who killed the last folksinger?” wonders Ben Sures. Well, as long as he’s doing what he does here, there’s always going to be one really good one left in the world. Very rarely, I receive a CD that just blows me away from the opening notes. Field Guide to Loneliness is such a disc. Ben Sures is a wonderful storyteller and a nimble guitar picker. He writes tales that are vivid, personal and concise. Not a wasted word or note here – every song clocks in at under four minutes and lingers in your head much longer.With Field Guide to Loneliness, Ben Sures has delivered a gem, and I’ll just leave it at that.-
-Chip Withrow, Muse’s Muse:
Sures doesn’t easily fit into the folk mould, and blues as well as rock get touched on, but he has an intimate personable style associated with folk. Field Guide is loaded with confession delivered in an offhand and likable manner. Sometimes he is reminiscent of Paul Simon or at another, dueting with Little Miss Higgins on “Not on the Town,” there is a Cole Porterish whimsy. B
Tom Harrison ,Vancouver Province:
Canadian folk singer Ben Sures brings some simple but appealing songs to this album, although it’s not reinventing any kind of singer-songwriter’s wheel. The light and tender Dancer is a perfect example as the artist brings to mind the likes of Tom Brosseau and David Wilcox while Used To Have A Raygun resembles Tim Easton if he was a bit more polished and less ragged. Sures shuffles the styles up somewhat with the up-tempo, harmonica-driven My Last Girlfriend which is good but isn’t the type of song to make you stand up and take notice. The quirky, Waits-tinged Bachelors fares better as the singer takes you down a dark, mysterious road. The same can be said for the somewhat jazzy Not On The Town featuring a duet with Little Miss Higgins. Another little nugget presented is the simple vignette Til I Learned To Cook For You which contains some pretty work on acoustic guitar. But Sures sounds the most sure of himself during the gorgeous Winnipeg with its Americana, alt.country accents. As strong as that song is, the Latin-leaning Under Water is a failed lounge-y idea. Fortunately he atones for this miscue with the rambling, troubadour toe-tapper Squeezed Out Of The Sky before closing with the lovely Man On The Verge.
Review by Jason MacNeil, -Allmusic.com:
-Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Sures knows plenty about crafting ‘eclectic folk rock’. His latest effort, Field Guide to Loneliness, breathes with his unique ability to tell a story.
Bachelors nails everything that makes Sures such a superb artist – great lyrics, first-rate production and smooth, stylish guitars seamlessly flow together.
It all makes for an engaging listen. And although the vocally-understated Sures isn’t always the most charismatic singer, his mellow voice mostly suits his unique take on melding message with song.
-Mark Weber, Red Deer Express