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Artist: Brendan Benson
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Format: CD
Sku: 63964259
UPC: 638812723826
UPC 14: 00638812723826
Release Date: 3/22/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Spit It Out ~ Brendan Benson
2. Cold Hands (Warm Heart) ~ Brendan Benson
3. Feel Like Myself ~ Brendan Benson
4. Alternative To Love ~ Brendan Benson
5. Pledge, The ~ Brendan Benson
6. Them And Me ~ Brendan Benson
7. Biggest Fan ~ Brendan Benson
8. Flesh And Bone ~ Brendan Benson
9. Get It Together ~ Brendan Benson
10. Gold Into Straw ~ Brendan Benson
11. What I'm Looking For ~ Brendan Benson
12. Between Us ~ Brendan Benson

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake.
Muze PNote Recording information: Le Grand Studio, Detroit, MI.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Tchad Blake

Engineer: Brendan Benson; Brendan Benson

Associated Artists and Works

Ben Blackwell
Mason, Willy

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/01/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 27238
Music Label Name Label : V2 (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00638812723826

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)
- 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Benson,Brendan
Product attributeLabel:   V2 Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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