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However, this NEW CD is absolutely Splendid and well-produced! This is very reminiscent of Ben's classic-style and catchy beats. This is well worth a listening to (for me, this will be about the 100th... at least). Check it out, you will be pleased.
Ben Kweller's self-titled third album certainly earns its name, with Kweller playing all the instruments this time around. It also marks his first album without esteemed producer Ethan Johns, who had produced both of his previous efforts; working instead with British producer Gil Norton (best known for his work with Gomez and Foo Fighters). The change has Kweller trading in the raw rugged folk sounds of previous albums for a more refined sound, but somehow Kweller sounds more at home in his shiny new digs; crafting an album full of pop oriented rock n roll gems.
The entire album recalls the big glorious rock sounds of the 80s, when giants like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty ruled the airwaves. The same feel good melodic folk rock that made them so refreshing run rampant on Kweller's third effort. Kweller has no interest in aping the classics, despite the distinct taste of Petty that permeates through the breezy "Sundress". The melancholy song finds Kweller expressing his willingness to keep up with his lover's changing desires with the sweet "I do, anything you want me to" hook; further explaining, "And from the inside-out you've changed girl / You know you have, don't make a good thing bad".
The overwhelming sweet innocence in Kweller's songwriting combined with his brilliantly catchy melodies turns each song into a bouquet of wildflowers. Right from the start of the jangling acoustic folk rocker "Run", Kweller's wide-eyed exuberance pulls you in as he looks at his life on the road, and explaining that it would all be better with his wife by his side. Most directly about his relationship with his wife is the gorgeously memorable "Thirteen".Read more ›
In the 90's, his band Radish drew comparisons to Nirvana when they were making music, and Kweller was a teenager through Radish's entire existence. But they were written off by the music press as Nirvana ripoffs and never achieved any sort of real success. After two albums that didn't amount to much, Ben Kweller, not unlike Elton John with Bluesology, decided his talents were too immense for this band, and, no doubt with a heavy heart for the music industry after crashing down to earth, embarked on a solo career. Around the late 90's or early 2000's, he released the album "Freak Out, It's Ben Kweller". The mass audience did not obey the album's command. However, the album did reach the ears of one notable man, and that was all Mr. Kweller needed. Evan Dando of the Lemonheads got his hands on the album, enjoyed it so much that he invited Ben to tour with him, and Ben followed this up with a record deal with ATO records.
In March of 2002, Kweller released the album "Sha Sha", and since then it's been all uphill for the fiery-haired child prodigy. The power-pop stylings of his music on this album garnered him the attention of many indie music aficionados, and his first studio release gained him something of a cult following. When he released "On My Way" in 2004, it was one of the more highly anticipated albums of the year among music aficionados; the phenom's potential had finally been realized.Read more ›
Among songs of note are the obvious "Penny on the Train Track" and "Sundress" - the two singles of the album. The lyrics of Penny are not to deep, but yet not to simple. The pop elements of the piano combined with the rockiness of the guitar create a rather unique song. And the music video that accompanies the song isn't too bad either. "Sundress" is just as beautiful. The song begins with an elegant sounding piano before turning full throttle into a pop/rock sing-a-long.
Other songs of note include the Springsteen-eske sounding "Run" and the incredibly emotional "Thirteen". Though "Thirteen" was originally intended to be about his guitar, Ben turned the song into a love ballad about his wife, Liz. It's a song almost anyone can identify with.
The rockier "This is War" and "Magic" are also personal favorites. Overall, there are little if any flaws on this album. Each Kweller album has it's own unique highlights and sounds, which holds true with this album. For fans ranging from Bright Eyes to Pavement to Ryan Adams. This is truly a must have album.
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My favorite album of Ben's. I love them all but this is my fave. He's a great lyricist and musician, maybe under-appreciated in the alternative scene. I don't know why.Published 14 months ago by Valerie Provines
We saw Ben at the River Roots festival in Davenport Iowa. What a great lineup. But Ben had one of the two best sets, right behind Los Lonely Boys. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Randall P. Melville
This is a great cd throughout! Every song has a creative melody along with creative lyrics. I love the versatility from the guitar-driven "I gotta move" and the fast tempo "Penny... Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by Dustin Jones
BK just won't quit making wonderful albums! His 3rd major album release still isn't akin to the energy and rock anthems of Sha Sha, but its okay people, its okay. Read morePublished on September 7, 2007 by Alan Chesnutt
I fell instantly in love with Ben and his music when I saw him perform! He is ultra talented, that man can sing! I can't wait for more...bring it on!Published on September 3, 2007 by Melanie C. Rogers
Ben Kweller's self-titled album shows how much he has matured over the past few years. His music engages the listen with its catchy tunes, such as "Run" and "Penny on a Train... Read morePublished on August 14, 2007 by Mai
When some hardcore Ben Kweller fans picked up his latest self titled, they were disappointed, comparing it too much to their beloved quirky Sha Sha or the catchy On My Way. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Ellen
Ben Kweller is one of the least credited but most talented artists in the music industry... Ever since his first full album, Sha Sha, Kweller has made fans of everyone who listens... Read morePublished on July 6, 2007 by Doug McDaniel
Having heard all 3 Kweller releases now, I was hopeful that he'd take the crunchy power pop on ON MY WAY and further refine his songwriting style by toning down some of the willful... Read morePublished on June 5, 2007 by Greg Brady