Thursday, January 29, 2009

BK Baby Saddles Up


This is a personal bloggin' record. Three in one day. Well... I guess this is a new day seeing as how it's 2:07 in the morn. But. I haven't gone to sleep yet, so I still consider it yesterday.

Suck on that, time!

I thought I'd inform you [hopefully] entertained lions about the album preview that's available exclusively on Last.fm for Ben Kweller's upcoming record Changing Horses, set to be released on February 3rd in Canada and the U.S.

I will admit that I was sad an kind of terrified at first by the rumour of the new and countrified sound that's been buzzing around Kweller's new release. Think slide guitars and a romantic relationship with acoustic guitars inset with desert rose motifs.

And then don't think about that.

I'm only two songs into the album and I'm kind of really digging it. Yes it's different and much more... I don't know adult-contemporary friendly. But let's face it.

Okay let me face it: Ben isn't seventeen anymore, writing songs about hedgehogs and a drawer that he knows in a house up the road. But really. I was expecting that he'd continue down this more mellow road given the nature of his last, decidedly less amplified album.

So I think it's going to be okay. I'm four songs in now and even though I recall hearing the word "Jesus" used in a Southern fist-pumping kind of way in the previous song ["Fight"], I can see myself cozying up to this sound. I can see myself taking this record under my wing and having it turn into something gold.

Check out the album. Give me your thoughts.

It's just different is all. Right?

Changing Horses preview on Last.fm


Thanks for stopping by,
Alie

P.S. Don't worry Sha Sha. No album could ever replace you.

P.P.S. I'm tooootally seeing Ben Kweller at the Mod Club in Toronto on March 22 a.k.a. I will be able to cross off a life goal from my bucket list.

P.P.P.S. Whoa. "Wantin' Her Again" is on this album. I had this song at some point before one of my many computer crashes. It's been re-worked... But still. It's nice to hear it.

3 comments:

phill said...

I've liked BK's work since I saw him (and in fact heard his music) for the first time on his Ben Folds/Kweller/Lee tour of Australia. We had the fortune to see them all before the show walking out of the theatre that they were playing at, and they let us know they'd be coming back there after the show. The show was a blast and we met all of them afterwards. BK was so little, but I shook his hand and told him I'd enjoyed his stuff, and he thanked me. Nice guy.

I like the way his music is progressing personally. He started out a bit fun, a bit playful, but as he's grown up he's invoking that mantle of insightful singer-songwriter and delivering some great songs. Can't wait to see where he's gone with this one. Cheers for the heads-up (:

Alie said...

Ah man! That's fantastic. I always thought Benny seemed like the kind of guy you could just hang out with...

And yeah I've -finally- begun to warm up to his less teenager-y stuff. I mean I think I'll always rank his older stuff above the newsies because, you know. It's where my BK love began.

But I am coming around to your way of thinking. He's grown up and he can still pen a swell tune.

Hope you like the album, and I'll make sure to post my thoughts on the show in March.

Thanks for the comment :)

phill said...

No problem, I read all of your posts, even if I don't comment. Download most of the music too (:

Hey and if you haven't heard it yet, you can find that brill story of yours at the new Soundzine issue. I offer my apologies again for the kerfuffle getting it there. But I think you'll agree that the reading is a damn good one :)

http://soundzine.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=256&Itemid=92