Benjamin Dean Wilson made his start in film and carries an aptitude for storytelling in everything that he creates. His album, The Smartest Person in the Room, is no exception. Each song tells a compelling story: sometimes character-driven and sometimes propelled by the strength of the telling itself. It’s easy to sit back and lose yourself in the Wilson’s created worlds.
Often, the songs carry the jovial and addictive tone of musical theatre. That is, riffs come and go with mood and meaning and there are moments when you can almost imagine a dance break. This is most notable on “Ridgemore Hotel” and “Vitamin Supplements”, both of which include patterns in the narrative that keep you hooked.
Characters steal the show on “A Difficult Decision For Ronny Giovanni”, in which the conflict is emotional and clear, and in the conversational tone that sets off “Mr. Paranoid, Lizzy, and Her Family”. Here, the snappiness of the delivery helps the busy conversation come to life. Benjamin Dean Wilson often uses the mood of the musical composition to inform the tone of the story, most notably using shifts to indicate a change or turn in the narrative (“Won’t Say It Again” is a clear example).
The Smartest Person in the Room was written, performed, and produced by Benjamin Dean Wilson himself, proving him to be an artist with a world of skills. All recorded on a Tascam 1/2 inch tape deck, this record is sure to have every analogue-loving (and story-driven) heart pounding.
The Smartest Person in the Room will be released on April 12th. To hear more from Benjamin Dean Wilson as we wait, you can find him on his Facebook, BandCamp, and Instagram pages. You can also find his music on SoundCloud.