Go Fly a Kite

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
It's strange to think that at 30 years old, Ben Kweller has spent over half of his life professionally crafting pop songs, and while it's rare for someone to be both relatively young and a grizzled pop veteran, it's precisely this combination of youth and experience that the singer/songwriter calls upon on his fifth solo album, Go Fly a Kite. With a sugary mix of youthful exuberance and practiced craftsmanship, Kweller delivers a group of songs that cover the pop spectrum, drifting from the fuzzy, driving power pop of the album-opener "Mean to Me," to the lonely pedal steel of the alt-country-inflected "I Miss You." This willingness to explore different sounds paints a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
It's strange to think that at 30 years old, Ben Kweller has spent over half of his life professionally crafting pop songs, and while it's rare for someone to be both relatively young and a grizzled pop veteran, it's precisely this combination of youth and experience that the singer/songwriter calls upon on his fifth solo album, Go Fly a Kite. With a sugary mix of youthful exuberance and practiced craftsmanship, Kweller delivers a group of songs that cover the pop spectrum, drifting from the fuzzy, driving power pop of the album-opener "Mean to Me," to the lonely pedal steel of the alt-country-inflected "I Miss You." This willingness to explore different sounds paints a picture of a songwriter who, even with a wealth of experience under his belt, isn't willing to settle into one sound quite yet. This idea is taken a step further when the listener digs into the liner notes to find the detailed notes on how to play each song along with the lyrics. Moves like that speak to a kind of openness, as if the songwriter is not only giving his fans the songs to listen to, but to also re-create on their own. This kind of candor makes Go Fly a Kite a refreshing album on a number of levels, as it delivers the goods with its collection of summery jams while keeping nothing, not even the chord progressions, secret.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Noise Company
  • UPC: 858565003000
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 119,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mean To Me (3:20)
  2. 2 Out the Door (3:42)
  3. 3 Jealous Girl (3:56)
  4. 4 Gossip (3:48)
  5. 5 Free (3:40)
  6. 6 Full Circle (3:09)
  7. 7 Where's the Rainbow (2:19)
  8. 8 Justify Me (3:57)
  9. 9 Time Will Save the Day (3:47)
  10. 10 I Miss You (3:58)
  11. 11 You Can Count On Me (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Kweller Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Matt the Electrician Trumpet
Russell Remington Tenor Saxophone
Brian Standefer Cello
Warren Hood Violin
Chris Morrissey Bass Guitar
Mark Stepro Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Ben Kitterman Organ, Dobro, Accordion
Jonathon Lachance Alto Saxophone
Joel Green Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
John P. Strohm Legal Counsel
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Steve Mazur Engineer
Ben Kweller Composer, Producer
Pete Lyman Mastering
Ken Weinstein Publicity
Ross Morrison Booking
Jackie Nalpant Booking
Josh Cochran Illustrations
Emdash Art Conception
Liz Kweller Art Direction
John Biondolillo Licensing
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