Alternative To Love CD (2005)

Artist: Brendan Benson

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Product Overview


Label V2 Records/ka
SKU 63964259
UPC 638812723826
UPC 14 00638812723826
Format CD
Release Date 3/22/2005
Author Brendan Benson
Associated Artist/Work Ben Blackwell
Associated Artist/Work Mason, Willy
Technical Info
Engineer Brendan Benson; Brendan Benson
Producer Tchad Blake
CatalogID 27238
Lable Name V2 (USA)
Released 02/01/2006
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00638812723826
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brendan Benson (vocals); Chris Plum, Chris Plum (vocals, harmonica); Faith Gazic, Tiffany Gazic (vocals); Matt Aljian (drums, percussion); Chris Shaw (loops); Courtney Sheedy (vocals); Tchad Blake (synthesizer).
Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake.
Recording information: Le Grand Studio, Detroit, MI.
Brendan Benson's third full-length album is a bold, retro-minded, instant classic. While Benson's previous outings had lots of bright spots, their touches of cheeky humor possibly obscured their brilliance to those not looking closely enough. This time around there's nothing to keep him from the big time--lyrics play second fiddle to tight arrangements, immaculate production, and a deep affinity for the sounds of summery 1970s and '80s pop radio, recalling Big Star, the Cars, and even (gasp) Neil Diamond. The odd sonic flourishes are key here, including an alarm clock on "Spit It Out," a phantom xylophone on the catchy bubble-gum melodrama "Cool Hands (Warm Heart)," and a big flanged bass plodding ominously under the shiny, happy surface of Benson's Paul McCartney-esque vocals on "Biggest Fan." THE ALTERNATIVE TO LOVE expands the Benson sound in all the right directions.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[Benson's] melodic gifts remain undeniable on this charming third album, which fizzes with a wistful sweetness..."
Spin (p.108) - "He's great with the hook-melody algebra..." - Grade: A-
Uncut (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Benson's glittering pop songs are descendents of every boy-girl psychodrama from The Beach Boys to Big Star....It's a jubilee of full-fat riffs, nagging hooks and melodies like ornate sugar sculptures."
Magnet (p.84) - "[A] distinctive texture blankets Benson's indelible, immaculate melodies."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is a terrific ride. Benson has a na?ve joy in making music, and belief in its transforming power."
Disc 1
1 Spit It Out
2 Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
3 Feel Like Myself
4 Alternative To Love
5 Pledge, The
6 Them And Me
7 Biggest Fan
8 Flesh And Bone
9 Get It Together
10 Gold Into Straw
11 What I'm Looking For
12 Between Us
Product Attributes
Artist Benson,Brendan
Label V2 Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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