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Ben Lee delivers a career-defining release built on his belief that the best song in the world should be the catchiest, and should be popular, and should be the cleverest and the most soulful. RIPE, Lee's 6th album, continues Ben's trademark pop craftsmanship, sense of humor and uncontainable passion for life, as well as representing a marked maturity in form. The 12-song set includes the exuberant weeping ballad Love Me Like The World Is Ending, the infectious track Blush, an ode to a personal hero in What Would Jay-Z Do?, and the Mandy Moore duet Birds & Bees.

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An internationally acclaimed song ("Catch My Disease") that made the playlist for both a hit television drama and computer advertisement did nothing to alter Australia's Ben Lee. He remains youthful (still, at age 28), eminently fruitful (this marks his seventh album), and capable of surrendering addictive after captivating song (see "Love Me Like the World Is Ending," "Just Say Yes," and a half-dozen others on this 12-song set). Not surprisingly, Ripe rides a similar vibe to 2005's Awake Is the New Sleep: quick-and-dirty pop melodies polished with chiming guitars, piano fills, and Lee's exuberant, boyish vocals. Love and affection provide a common thread, blatantly exposing themselves on the interrogatory "Is This How Love's Supposed to Feel" and "Just Say Yes," where Lee asks, "If this is right, then why resist?" while purely insinuating infatuation on both "Blush" and "Numb." The indie veteran's camaraderie pays off on "Sex Without Love," where Good Charlotte's Benji Madden joins him on a chorus dangerously Def Leppardish and the Greaselike "Birds and Bees," with pop diva Mandy Moore playing Olivia Newton-John to Lee's John Travolta. The latter plays hokey for one or two listens before dissolving into the record's delightful sequence. --Scott Holter

1. Love Me Like The World Is Ending (3:46)
2. American Television (3:40)
3. Birds And Bees (3:09)
4. Is This How Love Is Suppose To Feel? (4:18)
5. Blush (3:55)
6. Numb (2:57)
7. What Would Jay-Z Do? (2:54)
8. Sex Without Love (3:31)
9. Home (2:39)
10. Hungry (3:34)
11. Just Say Yes (5:24)
12. Ripe (3:05)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000T2PRMK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on March 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'll be the contrarian here. I bought this from a used bin at my local indie on the strength of some of his older work (songs I connected with from the far superior "Awake Is The New Sleep"). I even sampled a few tracks in the store, and found them appealing and catchy. The problem was, on further listens, there was nothing more to it than what was immediately and readily apparent on the surface. No depth, nothing interesting. The lyrics came off (to me) as trite and insincere, and the melodies sounded like plenty I had heard before. The production was also just a bit too sharp and glossy, ready-made for adult alternative radio. What a disappointment - I brought it right back to the store. Ben's better than this, and I will reference "Awake Is The New Sleep" as evidence. Better luck next time Ben, and it saddens me to have to write this review.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jose Bay on September 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Latently this album is not as in your face sonically experimental as his ARIA award winning Awake Is The New Sleep. Some may even say its throwaway, rushed to the shelves and plain out, bland and LOUD repetitive guitar pop. But as with any long term stay record, the onions hidden layers will reveal themselves over time. The epitome of the album is how Ben Lee captures the lonely predicament of his followers: Generation Y - to scarily; but potent and relevant Zeitgeist extremes. It's all about yearning of love from strangers, unrequited & even requited...words/sentiments/messages no other mainstream musician would dare say (except perhaps for SIR James Blunt). Lee tells the hidden obvious, the secret longings...and does it bravely, melodically: almost storybook like - so it's important to listen to this album in original tracklisting order. I believe Sex Without Love should be released as a single; I was always a sucker for jingles & songs domineering and pretentious media critics hate e.g. Blunt's You're Beautiful. Long live precious singer/songwriters...as the ones I've mentioned have been the albums of the week at Borders Bookstores.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on April 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The store where I work has a piped-in station with its own corporate approved playlist. Surprisingly, most of the music they play isn't that bad. Sure, there's the occasional Jordin Sparks or Fergie song, but we get a lot of Spoon, Gemma Hayes, and other decent artists too. Then they started playing this song, "Birds and Bees." The first time it played most of us kind of laughed it off. Then it kept showing up, daily. At one point, one of my fellow associates asked me to please kill her if they ever started to play "that god-awful song" again. I had to know what kind of person could write this unabashedly cheesy song without realizing how bad it was. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was Mr. Ben "Still Living in 1996" Lee. I also noticed that two other songs from this album are in rotation on the playlist. "Love Me Like the World is Ending" and "Is This How Love's Supposed to Feel" are both shallow, middle of the road AOR friendly songs. In fact, we had mused on who wrote those songs as well, and the consensus was that it had to have been some one-hit wonder from the '90's. We were right, even though these songs are technically new. Ben Lee writes the same dorm-room pop crap that he was writing when he came onto the scene 12 years ago, and that is simply sad. Is maturity a 28-year old sounding like a 16-year old? I don't think so. Also, I'm not sure who the staff reviewer was, but using the words "Good Charlotte" and "Ben Lee" and "indie" in the same sentence should be enough to get you fired. Bottom line: Ben Lee writes songs that other people (and himself) have already written better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Johnson on December 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not as good as Awake is the New Sleep, but I thought it was borderline between okay and good. I'm a bit disappointed how Ben Lee has moved onto a more "Pop" sound, rather than his contemplative and deep "Indie/Rock" sound. I hate to have to say this, because I LOVE Ben Lee. However, while the pop sound is disappointing, I really enjoy quite a few songs on this ablum including: Love Me Like The World Is Ending, American Television, Blush, Numb, Sex Without Love, Home, So Hungry, and Just Say Yes. I did not, however, enjoy Birds And Bees, Is This How Love Is Supposed To Feel, What Would Jay-Z Do, and Ripe. Birds and Bees actually makes me my ears bleed. I haven't made it through more than half that track.
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