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Ben Lee ~ Breathing Tornados

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Ben Lee got the jump on being a pop star by starting his career when other kids his age were more concerned with acne medication than writing the perfect love song. A lo-fi savant, Lee's humble approach and off-kilter, nasal wail called to mind his acknowledged idol Jonathan Richman. Here, at the ripe old age of 20, he has managed to maintain the precocious, friendly, and wide-eyed personality that influenced both Noise Addict and his early solo efforts, while graduating to more complex musical structures. Breathing Tornados sounds like it has an intravenous feed from early-'80s MTV, with electroriffs and catchy refrains coursing through the tubing. But luckily, Lee's lo-fi tendencies still rule the day and the synthesizers and computers are used with the same simple joy with which he bashed out nerd-rock love songs on his teenage guitar. --Lois Maffeo

1. Cigarettes Will Kill You
2. Nothing Much Happens
3. I Am A Sunflower
4. Tornados
5. The Finger And The Moon
6. Birthday Song
7. Nightime
8. Burn To Shine
9. Sandpaperback
10. 10Ft. Tall
11. Ship My Body Home
12. Sleepwalking

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  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000G5OC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having spent half of his life in the music business, Ben Lee’s quintessential niceness stemming from his Sydney-bred roots has never faded. Call it maturity, but it’s that natural ability to sing from the heart without losing it in the process that makes Lee a true artist. His grasp for the charm of life has never strained, and his mission in crafting meaningful pop music continues ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Lee Store

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I bought this album in march of 1999 and I still listen to it all the time.
ema andrews
I was expecting a fairly routine purchase of a fair CD that might have a few other good songs on it.
J. Marranca
His music has a very unique sound and this album definately adds to the uniqueness of his music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NICK G. on June 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay it's 1999, just about every artist now days want to add some drum loop or some crazy computer effect in their songs. Now former Noise Addict Aussie (and Double Dare contestant!) is one of those artists who follow in that direction. But unlike other artists who uses the drum loop and samples as something "now "or gimmicky (like the awful Sugar Ray... "Every Morning" I have to listen to that ....ha ha), Ben Lee really uses it to it's advantage, breathing new life in his songs. These are not your basic four-track Ben Lee acoustic albums (Grandpaw Would and Something To Remember Me By) The opener, "Cigarettes Will Kill You", starts off with piano very reminiscent to Fiona Apple's "Fast As You Can". And has a great chorus, "I wish everyone was wrong." On song two, "Nothing Much Happens" features a monologue by Kids and Sonic Youth`s "Sunday" video director Harmony Korine. When song three comes, it sounds like Ben is getting his groove on "I Am A Sunflower" that sounds a bit like Barry White. Maybe it's the fact he's getting some from ex-My So-Called Life Star Claire Danes that Ben's lyrics sound more sensual than the other albums. Another factor in the writing of Breathing Tornados was that it was recorded in some guy's house that made some ...!? (Yes it's true, go to some site and read about it.) There are some classic Ben Lee songs "The Finger and the Moon" featuring very minimal organ and acoustic guitar with slow drumbeats. "Birthday Song" and "10ft. Tall" is just Ben with his guitar with barely any accompanying percussion. Want something jazzy or funky? Listen to "Nighttime" "Burn to Shine" or "Sandpaperback" (with Sean Lennon on guest vocals) Throughout the 12 songs on this album, Ben searches for someone he could be intimate with.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "sts13goofy" on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having been a Ben Lee fan for a few years, I bought this album sight unseen (or sound unheard as it were) right when it came out. From the first notes of "Cigarretes Will Kill You," the opening track on this amazing disc, I was taken aback. Where was the acoustic guitar? The simple melodies? But the more I listened to Breathing Tornados, the more I was able to appreciate the complexity of the sounds Ben Lee has created for this album. He continues to grow and evolve on this, his third album as a solo artist, and yet he's only 20 years of age.
Breathing Tornados, despite the use of drum machines and distortion, maintains the simplicity and earnestness of Lee's previous work. His songs lyrically remain tales of love lost and love found, and of searching for himself. Lee's music speaks of himself, and that communicates with the listener. I can find many connections with his stories and my own life. Standouts on this album include the first single "Nothing Much Happens," the extremely catchy "Nighttime," and the sonic-busting "Ship My Body Home."
Quick Picks: If you like these, you might like Ben Lee (and vice versa): Luscious Jackson, Rufus Wainwright, Lotion
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ema andrews on May 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have been a hard-core ben lee fan for many years now and I can tell you that this one is a lot different than his previous records. I was surprised at first because it was a lot less acoustic but a lot of complex sounds. The lyrics are deep, and his voice has really changed for the better. I bought this album in march of 1999 and I still listen to it all the time. This one is a masterpiece. really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vaucon@webtv.net on June 26, 1999
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The friend who recommended BREATHING TORNADOS said to listen to it three times through before forming an opinion. That was good advice. This effort by Ben Lee reminds me of some of those early records by Randy Newman. On the whole, this is either a mediocre album from an exceptional talent, or an exceptional effort from a mediocre talent. It's hard to tell which. There isn't a lot of interesting music here. The notable exception being "Nighttime," which is worth the price of admission. As with most singer/songwriters of merit, the lyrics outshine the tunes for the most part. There are some really fine lyrics. The one that grabbed me was, "I'm falling in fear again." It's easy to say that Ben Lee has arrived as a songwriter. This third CD certainly warrants a fourth, but twenty years from now will anyone remember BREATHING TORNADOS? Time will tell. Perhaps. For now, it's worth a listen. It will grow on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milly Garcia on October 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I honestly bought this album because I happened to hear about it in a magazine. I've never been one to go by critic's reviews, but this album is nothing short of absolutely wonderful. So much music today is cluttered with big sounds and overexaggerated orchestral arrangements that it is refreshing to hear something that goes against the mainstream. It is simple and intelligent and stays with you long after you've finished listening. LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Marranca on June 20, 1999
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I sort my CDs carefully. Usually I only buy when I know I'll like a few of the songs on a CD. I decided to pick up "Breathing Tornadoes" after hearing only one song, the radio mix of "Nothing Much Happens", on a local alternative station. I was expecting a fairly routine purchase of a fair CD that might have a few other good songs on it. So I popped it into my player. Now, having listened to the entire disk repeatedly over the course of a weekend, and some songs over and over in the car, I can say this: Buy The Freaking CD. Ben Lee combines a certain 80s-ish New Wave synth feel with an organic, 90s twang. Sprinkle in some serious emotion/depth and great lyrics (on virtually every song on the disk--hell, this guy rings such a familiar chord he feels like an old friend), all while avoiding generic fluff, and you've got a good idea of what to expect from this disk. Lee obviously *feels* life -- at least more obviously than any other artist I've experienced over the past year. Sure, this music is not for everyone. Truly exceptional musical presences like the Pixies, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Radiohead never have been, either. But for those who like to -feel and think-, rather than merely -listen- to their music, this showing by Ben Lee is a must have. I'm not easily impressed by music, and I will admit that friends seem to think my tastes a bit ecclectic. But if I were permitted to bring only five CDs from the 90s into the next century, "Breathing Tornadoes" would be one of them. Yes, its that good.
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