Benson Boone Has All the Makings of a Household Name in 'Fireworks & Rollerblades'


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In the years since its inception, many artists have emerged from the popular reality TV series American Idol. However, one could argue that, in terms of career longevity, the show can be more a curse than a blessing. Yet, for one Benson Boone, not winning was the best thing that could have happened to him. The loss has been a springboard for his blossoming musical career. Since his appearance on the show, Boone has spent the last few years writing music and winning (more) hearts. Fans have been salivating for a full album ever since his first ultra-viral track, "Ghost Town," dropped almost three years ago. 

Fireworks & Rollerblades was easily one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Now that it's finally here, it's safe to say it was worth the wait. Teetering between modern swing and soulful indie rock, Boone blends styles and eras like a seasoned artist—not a 21-year-old viral heartthrob still cutting his teeth in the industry. The vibe of the album oscillates between ballads and bops, providing a serenading song for whatever mood you may be in. Boone’s vocals are, far and away, the shining star of this album. He displays his impressive range on tracks like “Forever and a Day” and “Hello Love.” There is a beautiful duality of power and softness in his voice. The hit single “Beautiful Things” is a well-crafted track showcasing both the slower and more upbeat sides of his songwriting and is exceptionally catchy.

With Fireworks & Rollerblades, Boone is on track to become a household name. Embarking on a worldwide tour later this year combined with an impressive debut album, it isn’t hard to see why his popularity is at a fever pitch.

Listen to Fireworks & Rollerblades below:

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