Ray Bennett - Whatever Falls album review
A revival of the former Flash man’s 2001 solo album.
Ray Bennett first made his mark working as bassist alongside original Yes guitarist Peter Banks in soaring early‑70s rockers Flash. Flash disbanded in 1973 and it took until 2001 for Bennett to release a solo album. “I wanted it to be something special,” he said. “It had taken so long. A flop wouldn’t do…” This is no flop, nor is it a vanity project. Here Bennett contributes bass, vocals and much of the other instrumentation. Taking his stride and attitude from the Flash’s eccentric art-rock approach, Bennett builds an affecting album, where the tracks neatly segue into one another, accentuating the thematic feel throughout. Not that Whatever Falls is in any sense conceptual, but there’s certainly a strong feeling that the songs are interrelated, and come from an emotional place. Bennett’s instrumental prowess is obvious on the opening La Verité Des Miracles.