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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000T2PRMK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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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

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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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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1 of 1 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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Hall on September 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's one track on this album that is going to hit you over the head with pop heaven goodness, and that is Sex Without Love; the song is an utterly catchy tune that screams out pop perfection. No other track on the album though, comes close to rivaling the catchiness of Sex Without Love. In fact, there's only one other song (American Television) that even attempts to embrace the same unrestrained catchy pop structure as Sex Without Love.

The 10 other tracks can be classified as either mellow pop (Birds and Bees, Blush, Numb, Hungry, and Ripe), or a blend of catchy and mellow pop (Love Me Like The World Was Ending, Is This How Love's Supposed To Feel?, What Would Jay-Z Do?, Home, and Just Say Yes).

The catchy mellow fusion works really well on Is This How Love's Supposed To Feel?, Hungry, and Just Say Yes; the songs start off mellow, with strong lyrics that carry the song to the chorus where the songs then become catchy. If it wasn't for Sex Without Love, it would be these 3 tracks that I would be listening to over and over again.
As for the mellow songs, Blush and Hungry are the standouts; they are quiet songs with nice lyrics about love.

All in all, this is a good album; out of 12 tracks, there are 4 (Sex Without Love, Is This How Love's Supposed To Feel?, Hungry, and Just Say Yes) that the only sensible response upon hearing them is to play them again, and 5 others (Love Me Like The World Was Ending, American Television, Blush, Hungry, and Ripe) that while they may not inspire you to replay them, they will not strike you with the urge to skip over them either.
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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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