Ben Delaurentis – “One Woman Man” (track review)
Throughout his new album, Liar For a Muse, Ben Delaurentis deftly balances the bitter alongside the sweet. The contemporary folk artist navigates a melange of arrangements that are held together by his subtle grit delivering relatable stories of love and heartbreak oh-so-soulfully. “One Woman Man” is a track that may invite controversy due to its brutal honesty, wherein Delaurentis narrates a monologue wherein an individual wants to engage in a one-on-one sexual and romantic relationship with their partner, but at the same time cannot stand to practice it when push comes to shove. It isn’t a reflection of us all, but it’s a searing recollection that many may find at least a part of themselves in.
It has the power to sting those who commandeer even the steadiest of ships given the sheer emotion that Delaurentis invokes into this arrangement. In his music video, surrounded by emotional string work while he mans the piano, Delaurentis elevates his arrangement to new evocative heights. It essentially showcases a no-frills performance from Delaurentis alongside instrumentalists Olivia Thigpen and Justin Cason. Whether we can relate to it personally or not, it invokes a very personal sense of heartbreak for the intent listener just given how well Delaurentis is able to convey his sorrow and confliction into the song.