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Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend album

Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend album
  • Performer Brendan Benson
  • Title My Old, Familiar Friend
  • Date of release 2009
  • Country US
  • Style Indie Rock
  • Other formats DXD AHX APE XM AAC ASF MOD
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1510 mb
  • Size FLAC 1336 mb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 626

One Mississippi is the debut album by American singer and songwriter Brendan Benson, released in 1996 in America and 1997 in Great Britain. All songs written by Brendan Benson unless otherwise stated. Bird's Eye View" – 1:28. Sittin' Pretty" – 2:53 (Benson/Jason Falkner). I'm Blessed" – 3:00 (Benson/Falkner). Crosseyed" – 4:22 (Benson/Falkner). Me Just Purely" – 2:44 (Benson/Falkner). Got No Secrets" – 3:22. How 'Bout You" – 3:02.

Having released three terrific power-pop albums that enjoyed critical and hipster acclaim but not as much commercial success, Brendan Benson has earned a significantly higher profile of late as the second-billed star behind Jack White in the Raconteurs. The classic guitar-rock aesthetic of the supergroup doesn’t necessarily give Benson an opportunity to show off his exceptional ear for vintage, Beatles-inspired pop, so he seems to have taken his fourth album, My Old, Familiar Friend, as an opportunity to expand the scope of his trademark sound. Benson’s songwriting is on point for much of the record: Opener A Whole Lot Better strikes a tricky balance between post-breakup rage and romantic infatuation as he sings, I fell in love with you/And out of love with you/All in the same day. Lesson Learned and Poised and Ready find Benson at his wittiest and his most intense.

With Benson neither a melancholy dreamer like Elliott Smith, nor a jaunty genius like Edwyn Collins, My Old, Familiar Friend is bereft of a distinct personality that you can love, hate or even barely notice. What he does have in abundance, however, is a sharp ear, a head full of hooks and a hefty supply of killer one-liners that baffle, charm and touch. If she throws her heart away, I’ll be there on garbage day, To sift through what’s left, I guess, To sort through the loneliness" is particularly telling

Judging by My Old, Familiar Friend, that situation is unlikely to alter significantly: like those cult favourites par excellence Big Star, he deals in a form of crossover pop-rock whose pop elements are not quite catchy enough to satisfy pop fans, and whose rock elements are nowhere near bruising enough for hardcore rock fans. It's a situation not helped by his tendency to mix and match 1970s vintage influences in unappealing combinations: the last thing you want to hear while listening to a slight Wings soundalike like the aptly-titled "Gonowhere" is a burst of nasty ELP-style.

My Old, Familiar Friend was the first Brendan Benson studio album I bought new when it was released, and it really didn't disappoint. In fact, I think it may just be my favourite of all of his releases. Listening to My Old, Familiar Friend really provides a masterclass of catchy, infectious songwriting and, with this album, Brendan Benson has delivered a fresh slice of power-pop which has echoes of Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney & Wings, . and many other melodic giants of the seventies, whilst still retaining the individuality of the work  . My Old Familiar friend wraps up in the blustery outro of Borrow, its 11 tracks over without a minute wasted. Let's hope Benson isn't away for quite so long this time.

Songs from My Old, Familiar Friend by Brendan Benson. Free download and listen My Old, Familiar Friend. My Old, Familiar Friend. Brendan Benson - Eyes On The Horizon 03:53. Brendan Benson - Donââ¬â¢t Wanna Talk 03:48. Brendan Benson - O My Love 02:54. Brendan Benson - Happy Most Of The Time 03:49.

Tracklist

1 A Whole Lot Better
2 Eyes On The Horizon
3 Garbage Day
4 Gonowhere
5 Feel Like Taking You Home
6 You Make A Fool Out Of Me
7 Poised And Ready
8 Don't Wanna Talk
9 Misery
10 Lesson Learned
11 Borrow

Companies, etc.

  • Licensed From – ATO Records – ATO0079
  • Distributed By – MapleMusic Recordings – MRCD 6522
  • Distributed By – Fontana North – MRCD 6522

Notes

(P) & (C) 2009 The Echo Label Ltd / Agile Badger Inc. under exclusive license in North America to ATO Records, LLC.
Manufactured and distributed on behalf of Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North by Universal Music Canada

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 823674652227

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ATO0079 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) ATO Records ATO0079 US 2009
VVR711270 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) ATO Records VVR711270 UK 2009
BENPROMO 1 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Echo Label Inc, Cooperative Music BENPROMO 1 2009
HSE-70076, ECHCD81J Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) Hostess Entertainment Unlimited, Echo HSE-70076, ECHCD81J Japan 2009
VVR711270 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) ATO Records/ECHO VVR711270 US 2009

Tracklist

1 A Whole Lot Better
2 Eyes On The Horizon
3 Garbage Day
4 Gonowhere
5 Feel Like Taking You Home
6 You Make A Fool Out Of Me
7 Poised And Ready
8 Don't Wanna Talk
9 Misery
10 Lesson Learned
11 Borrow

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Echo Label Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Agile Badger Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – The Echo Label Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Agile Badger Inc.
  • Manufactured By – RED Distribution
  • Distributed By – RED Distribution

Credits

  • Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [String Conduction] – Audrey Riley
  • Bass – Jared Reynolds (tracks: 1, 4, 9, 11), Roger Dabbs (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
  • Bells [Bell-Play] – Brittany Harris
  • Cover, Painting, Illustration – Evan B. Harris
  • Drums – Lindsay Jamieson (tracks: 1), Rollum Haas (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11)
  • Engineer – Guy Massie*, James Brown
  • Engineer [Assisted By] – Helen Atkinson, Leslie Richter
  • Guitar [Additional Guitars] – David Sardy*
  • Keyboards [Additional], Synthesizer [Additional] – Dean Fertita
  • Keyboards, Synthesizer, French Horn, Saw – Andrew Higley
  • Layout [Package Layout] – Rob Jones
  • Mixed By – Dave Sardy
  • Photography By – Autumn DeWilde
  • Producer – Gil Norton
  • Producer, Recorded By – Brendan Benson (tracks: 10)
  • Recorded By [Additional Recording], Producer [Additional Production] – Dave Sardy (tracks: 1, 3, 8, 11)
  • Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Written-By – Brendan Benson
  • Written-By – Andrew Higley (tracks: 2, 11), Dean Fertita (tracks: 5)

Notes

(P) & (C) 2009 The Echo Label Ltd / Agile Badger Inc. under exclusive license in North America to ATO Records, LLC.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 880882167622
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L489
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 81A9
  • Matrix / Runout: DADR 0B2M8<84519>88088216762

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
VVR711270 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) ATO Records VVR711270 UK 2009
MRCD 6522 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) Echo Label Inc MRCD 6522 Canada 2009
BENPROMO 1 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Echo Label Inc, Cooperative Music BENPROMO 1 2009
HSE-70076, ECHCD81J Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) Hostess Entertainment Unlimited, Echo HSE-70076, ECHCD81J Japan 2009
VVR711270 Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend ‎(CD, Album) ATO Records/ECHO VVR711270 US 2009