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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
My Old, Familiar Friend is Brendan Benson's first album since becoming Jack White's lieutenant in the Raconteurs but the group's raucous classicist guitar rock isn't much heard on this, Benson's fourth collection of precisely practiced pop. If anything, the higher profile he's received as part of the Raconteurs has offered Benson the opportunity to ratchet up his perfectionism and indulge in a bit of retro fantasia, allowing him to pair the bright, neo-Motown of "Garbage Day" with "Gonowhere," a rather brilliant pastiche of prime Wings. All the extra time and budget on My Old, Familiar Friend do result in a record where it's easier to admire Benson's reach and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
My Old, Familiar Friend is Brendan Benson's first album since becoming Jack White's lieutenant in the Raconteurs but the group's raucous classicist guitar rock isn't much heard on this, Benson's fourth collection of precisely practiced pop. If anything, the higher profile he's received as part of the Raconteurs has offered Benson the opportunity to ratchet up his perfectionism and indulge in a bit of retro fantasia, allowing him to pair the bright, neo-Motown of "Garbage Day" with "Gonowhere," a rather brilliant pastiche of prime Wings. All the extra time and budget on My Old, Familiar Friend do result in a record where it's easier to admire Benson's reach and skill, even if his power pop isn't quite as powerful, something that's evident when the music is at its liveliest, as on the opener "Eyes on the Horizon" or the cheerful, not entirely ironic breakup stomp "Don't Wanna Talk." Such is the trade-off of working on a grander scale: the ambitions are realized at the expense of energy. Fortunately for Benson, his taste and melodic skills are suited for this bigger scale, so My Old, Familiar Friend winds up as an effective showcase for his craftsmanship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882167622
  • Catalog Number: 21676
  • Sales rank: 330,103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Whole Lot Better (3:23)
  2. 2 Eyes on the Horizon (3:53)
  3. 3 Garbage Day (3:21)
  4. 4 Gonowhere (3:46)
  5. 5 Feel Like Taking You Home (3:33)
  6. 6 You Make a Fool Out of Me (3:30)
  7. 7 Poised and Ready (3:10)
  8. 8 Don't Want to Talk (3:48)
  9. 9 Misery (3:52)
  10. 10 Lesson Learned (4:28)
  11. 11 Borrow (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brendan Benson Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Audrey Riley Conductor
Dave Sardy Guitar
Lindsay Jamieson Drums
Dean Fertita Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jared Reynolds Bass
Roger Dabbs Bass
Rollum Haas Drums
Andrew Higley Synthesizer, French Horn, Keyboards, Saw
Brittany Harris Bells
Technical Credits
Gil Norton Producer
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Dave Sardy Producer, Engineer
Brendan Benson Composer
Guy Massey Engineer
James Brown Engineer
Dean Fertita Composer
Ryan Castle Engineer
Evan Harris Illustrations, Cover Painting
Rob Jones Package Layout
Andrew Higley Composer
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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    nice little gem from 2009

    I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this album, maybe by a snippet of "Poised and Ready" during an ESPN college football promo...but his previous album was good so I figured this was worth a shot.

    Great tunes, pretty straight-forward power pop, and a pretty good mix all around that you can listen to any day. If you liked the recent Raconteurs album (Consolers of the Lonely) then you'll like this album, lots of the same sounds and his vocals are simple and fun, and he doesn't go way off the deep end from his previous albums.

    Standout tunes are: "Poised and Ready", "Garbage Day", and "Misery". Check it out!

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