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You Should Be So Lucky

February 18, 2014

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Benmont Tench under exclusive license to Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 45:40
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  • ASIN: B00I9YQE4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,518 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great album by a very talented artist.
MGFinLA
I love instrumental tracks...they're like special little interludes that allow you to kick back and soak up what's come before (Marty Stuart is a master at this!).
Jef Fazekas
It's just a really fine album of music that I have been listening to over and over again.
Dith Hunt

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Elliott on February 19, 2014
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I've long been a big fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and a lot of their sound is shaped by Tench's keyboard playing. For that reason it was a no-brainer to check this album out. The songs generally feel pretty folky, and there isn't anything very raucous to be found. There is a melancholy mood throughout the record. There are also a couple of jazzier numbers, one being the laid-back instrumental Ecor Rouge which I particularly enjoyed. Mr. Tench is an excellent keyboard player and not a singer, and that shows on this album, but he does stay within his limitations. His voice is somewhat scratchy and a little rough around the edges, but it works for most of this material. I would have liked a little more emotion in his voice on some songs. For me the highlights are "Today I Took Your Picture Down", "Blonde Girl Blue Dress", "You Should Be So Lucky", and "Why Don't You Quit Leavin' Me Alone".

Overall this is a very good album from an underrated musician. If you like Jackson Browne, later Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, or Ryan Adams you will probably like this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Wells on February 22, 2014
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Benmont Tench could be considered one of the finest musicians that has graced the popular music scene since the 1970's. Despite the fact that his distinct style of piano and keyboard playing can be heard on numerous albums by artists such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (obviously), and U2 just to name a few, he has somehow never released a solo album until now.
This album is a great collection songs, from the self-penned "Today I Took Your Picture Down" to his cover of Bob Dylan's "Duquesne Whistle" this is a nice relaxing album of great music. The standout tracks, in my opinion, are "Today I Took Your Picture Down", "Veronica Said", "Ecor Rouge", "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress", "You Should Be So Lucky", "Why Don't You Quite Leavin Me Alone", and "Duquesne Whistle". Most of the tracks on this album are Benmont Tench originals and I quite honestly was somewhat surprised at the strength of this songwriting. Granted, I knew he had amazing musical talents, but the lyrics are what impressed me. The lyrics on "Veronica Said" remind me a lot of Bob Dylan, not so much in the content but in the way the lyrics flow. The one drawback of this album, as noted by other reviewers, is Benmont Tench's singing voice. I personally don't mind his voice all that much as I feel that it fits the style of music pretty well, but to each his own.
What I've gathered about this album from the other reviewers is that you either love this album or you don't like it much at all. I think it's pretty obvious what camp I'm in. If you like other music that Benmont Tench has worked on, give this album a spin and see if it's for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Ajango on February 24, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I bought it because I've been listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years, seen them in concert seven times, and I am always impressed by Benmont's playing. I had never heard his singing voice alone though, so it was a slight gamble, but one that paid off, I think. There are some catchy tunes on this album, a few that definitely have the TP and the HB sound to them, which made me happy, but enough other songs that showcase his originality, and have a great folksy or blue-sy vibe to them. I also actually love Benmont's voice.. kinda husky, soft, and rough around the edges. His playing is also amazing on the album, and I thought the collaborations with the other artists worked really well. I think overall, this album is a really solid effort and definitely worth the $10. It's nice seeing some other members of the band get singled out for some attention. He is also the music guest on Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow, 2/25, so it will be cool to hear him play a song from the album live.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leopold Stotch on February 24, 2014
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I'm always intrigued when someone previously known as a sessionman or hired gun releases a project under his or her own name. You get a rare glimpse into their own music, and a sampling of just what it is they bring to other peoples'. Benmont has to be among the most-recorded keyboard men out there, appearing on hundreds of records in addition to his longstanding membership in the ever-reliable Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He's also served as an effective co-writer and collaborator.

For his first record under his own name, Tench and producer Glyn Johns do a lot of things right. They record with a small band of accomplished confederates, tracking it all to tape over a short period. No drawn-out, all-star supersession nonsense. Just a punchy sounding core band, laying it down in uncluttered, elegant arrangements.

Tench's vocals, largely unheard until now, are well up to task of communicating his direct, efficient tunes. He sounds like a slightly less raspy Steve Forbert, melodic with an undercurrent of grit that's very appealing. As a songwriter, he excels at both Petty-esque pop ("Veronica Said," "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress") and more languid jazzy things like the instrumental "Ecor Rouge" or the pleading "Why Don't You Quit Leavin' Me Alone"...

The playing here is generally top notch. Don Was's bass playing is always sublime, whether on acoustic or electric: equally grooving and melodic. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings also kick in some awesome acoustic guitar work. And Ringo Starr's cameo on tambourine is so well executed that it actually elevates "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress" considerably, emphasizing the inherent swing of the cut...
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