The Rebirth of Venus

The Rebirth of Venus

by Ben Lee


There's no doubt that Ben Lee means well, intending this collection of sunny pop and singsong folk to bridge the chasm between genders and cultures across the world, as he truly does wonder "What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)?," the leadoff song that sets the tone for The Rebirth of Venus. Lee wonders what's wrong about a boy playing with a Barbie doll and sees nothing wrong with claiming "I'm a Woman Too," a piece of hippie-dippy pop that seeks to inherit the throne of cluelessly sexist agitprop pop from John Lennon's "Woman Is the Nigger of the World," one of six songs Lee covers in an essentially acoustic bonus EP for Rebirth. Because Lee wears his open heart on his sleeve, it's hard to dislike the guy: his head's in the right place and he does have a way with an ingratiating hook. Even if Lee's puppy-dog earnestness winds up being off-putting in the long run on The Rebirth of Venus, his songs of solidarity are basically sweet in nature.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396615926
catalogNumber: 6159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Lee   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Travis Aaron McNabb   Drums
Eric Robinson   Background Vocals
Maria Teresa Suarez   Background Vocals
Brad Wood   Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,keyboard bass,Putney
John Alagia   Background Vocals
Jason Nesmith   Slide Guitar
Chick Wolverton   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Michael Chavez   Background Vocals
Justin Carroll   Background Vocals
Missy Higgins   Vocals
Cary Brothers   Background Vocals
Ezra Reich   Guitar
Lara Meyerratken   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,cowbell
Olivia Asta Wood   Background Vocals
Patience Hodgson   Vocals
Brian Conrad   Background Vocals
Nick Johns   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jack Graddis   Guitar
Melissa McCarty   Background Vocals
Kate Netto   Background Vocals,Pans,Pots
Ione Skye   Background Vocals
Vanessa Wood   Background Vocals
Laura Jansen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Goldberg   Management
Mike Terry   Drum Engineering
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ben Lee   Composer,Art Direction
Jason Schwartzman   Composer
Carrick Moore Gerety   Composer
Brady Brock   Management
Lara Meyerratken   Drum Fills
Paul Moore   Art Direction
Nick Johns   Drum Engineering
Ione Skye   Paintings

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The Rebirth of Venus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JacklynAJohnston More than 1 year ago
Great album! The love and light shing through it. Humor and perspective too. Love listening to it. Addictive. Especially love Surrender and Divine Mother songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago