by Ben Lee

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

View All Available Formats & Editions


Ben Lee settled into a bit of a groove on his 2005 album, Awake Is the New Sleep -- or, rather, he matured, mellowing into a tuneful, tongue-in-cheek singer/songwriter, an Evan Dando who was warm, fuzzy, friendly, and lacking a considerable history of substance abuse. Of course, our Ben has never been dangerous -- he's always been a precocious kid, and if his mild impishness has faded over the years, along with his onetime fondness for clattering punk, his boyish sense of humor still remains on Ripe, his 2007 follow-up to Awake. Sometimes that humor is a bit too much -- despite its naggingly catchy hook, "What Would Jay-Z Do?" feels like a joke passed along in a high-school library -- but even if he occasionally overplays his hand, it sure is hard to dislike Lee. This is a guy who laments "Sex Without Love" (to a pounding new wave disco beat, no less!), sings about "American Television" without a trace of condescension, and updates the lilting '50s doo wop beat on "Birds and Bees," a charming duet with Mandy Moore. Lee has a warm cheerfulness that's thoroughly ingratiating, and he has the tunes to match. While none of these songs stands up and calls attention to itself -- neither does Lee, for that matter -- the songs are solidly constructed, are charming upon the first listen, and grow stronger on repeated plays, which are earned through the album's hazy, sweet nature. Truth be told, Ripe isn't all that different than Awake Is the New Sleep, but it's no worse: it's equally entertaining and endearing, a modest pleasure that's a pleasure all the same.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396500123
catalogNumber: 5001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Lee   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Nic Jones   Piano,Harmonium,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Vibes,ARP,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Juno
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
John Alagia   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Ebo,Shaker,Tack Piano
Sean Hurley   Bass
Tracy Wannomae   Clarinet,Alto Horn
Mandy Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Todd M. Simon   Trumpet
Sara Watkins   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Taylor Locke   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Charlotte Martin   Piano,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Benji Madden   Guest Appearance
Rachael Yamagata   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt DeMerritt   Tenor Horn
Robert Schwartzman   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ned Bower   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Rallicke   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Danny Goldberg   Management
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer,Audio Production
Ben Lee   Composer,Art Direction
Brady Brock   Management
Charlotte Martin   Composer
Jesse Bauer   Management
Robert Schwartzman   Composer
Rusty Logsdon   Horn Arrangements

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews