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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
From the Coltrane-spoofing title to the mix of oddball pop
ock and poignant, lovesick torch songs, A Love Extreme is -- to put it lightly -- an unconventional debut album. Benji Hughes pulls precious few punches, sandwiching 25 songs onto two discs and gracing the cover with his intensely bearded face. While not exactly new to the music biz (Hughes co-wrote the provocative "Let's Duet" for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007, and folk songbird Priscilla Ahn covered his song "Masters of China" on her first album), Hughes is still a newcomer to the recording studio, and he attacks his debut with the professionalism of a veteran ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
From the Coltrane-spoofing title to the mix of oddball pop
ock and poignant, lovesick torch songs, A Love Extreme is -- to put it lightly -- an unconventional debut album. Benji Hughes pulls precious few punches, sandwiching 25 songs onto two discs and gracing the cover with his intensely bearded face. While not exactly new to the music biz (Hughes co-wrote the provocative "Let's Duet" for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007, and folk songbird Priscilla Ahn covered his song "Masters of China" on her first album), Hughes is still a newcomer to the recording studio, and he attacks his debut with the professionalism of a veteran songwriter and the "I wanna do everything!" eagerness of Charlie Bucket in Willie Wonka's factory. Mixing plaintive piano ballads with intergalactic synths, jazz chord changes, drowsy melodies, pop sensibilities, and more stylistic influences than could possibly be counted, Hughes sets himself up as a contender for Beck's throne, should the latter artist ever retire. His baritone vocals are rich and deep, which lends a weary authenticity to the slow love songs that dominate most of the first disc. Hughes sounds his best in full-fledged pop mode, though, whether he's recounting a drug-addled experience at a Flaming Lips concert or chastising a girl for standing him up at the local Dairy Queen. "Even If" stands out as one of the best tracks here, with Hughes channeling the vocal delivery of Jim Morrison and Julian Casablancas while strutting through soundscapes of lush jazz-pop. A Love Extreme is, as its title suggests, an album of sonic extremes, but those willing to sit through both discs will find a number of eccentric, engaging songs, particularly on side two.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396501625
  • Catalog Number: 5016
  • Sales rank: 118,498

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benji Hughes Primary Artist, Track Performer
Keith Ciancia Track Performer
Barbara Gruska Drums
Jay Bellerose Drums
Joey Waronker Drums
Jonathan Wilson Guitar
Aaron Robinson Acoustic Guitar
Mike Andrews Guitar
Morgan Nagler Vocals
Gus Seyffert Bass, Drums, Vocals
Bram Inscore Keyboards
Jade Vincent Vocals
Technical Credits
Keith Ciancia Composer, Producer, Remixing
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
David Susskind Producer, Audio Production
David Paul Jr. Collins Artwork
Gus Seyffert Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Benji Hughes Composer, Art Direction
Keefus Ciancia Remixing, Audio Production
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