Ben Kunder – Better Human

Album Review | Comino Music | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stras: 3/5

This second offering from Ben Kunder follows hot on the heels (well almost) of his impressive debut Golden (2015) and once again showcases the Toronto- based singer songwriter’s knack of writing easily accessible indie-pop tunes, each written from the heart. The title song, “Better Human”, gets right down to it from the start, an optimistic confessional and a personal pledge to try a little harder; a notion we should all endeavour to achieve, especially in times like these. With lots of guest musicians helping out, including Sarah McDougall, Jim Guthrie, Carleigh Aikins, Maia Davies and Anna Ruddick amongst others, Better Human communicates through song precisely how Ben Kunder feels and in a manner we all understand. Fuelled by a recent tour with fellow Canadian songstress Oh Susanna, Ben’s songs seem to appear well worn in and have in turn successfully helped him to negotiate the ‘difficult second’ obstacle with some confidence.