On My Way

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A smaller, simpler affair than his breakout album, Sha Sha, Ben Kweller's On My Way strips away the polished alt-rock production and emphasizes the singer/songwriter side of his music. There's nothing here as immediately infectious as the Sha Sha singles "Wasted and Ready" and "Commerce TX" were, and overall it's a more subdued album. However, this somewhat more mature approach is contrasted and balanced by Kweller's voice, which still sounds charmingly, vulnerably adolescent as he ventures further into his twenties. While there are still quite a few rock songs on the album, not all of them work; for every track like the stomping "The Rules," which is the closest Kweller...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A smaller, simpler affair than his breakout album, Sha Sha, Ben Kweller's On My Way strips away the polished alt-rock production and emphasizes the singer/songwriter side of his music. There's nothing here as immediately infectious as the Sha Sha singles "Wasted and Ready" and "Commerce TX" were, and overall it's a more subdued album. However, this somewhat more mature approach is contrasted and balanced by Kweller's voice, which still sounds charmingly, vulnerably adolescent as he ventures further into his twenties. While there are still quite a few rock songs on the album, not all of them work; for every track like the stomping "The Rules," which is the closest Kweller gets to an angry young man stance, there's an "Ann Disaster," which has a fun start-stop structure but isn't especially distinctive otherwise. On My Way's slower songs fare better, particularly "Living Life" and "Different But the Same," both of which tap into Kweller's not-so-secret admiration for piano men like Elton John and, to a lesser extent, Billy Joel. Best of all, though, are On My Way's power pop-influenced songs, which are urgent, plaintive, and funny at the same time. "Need You Back" makes the most of the endearing cracks in Kweller's voice as well as his way with jangly guitars; "Down" comes the closest to Sha Sha's instant-gratification pop; and the bittersweet "Hear Me Out" is not only one of the best songs on the album, it's one of Kweller's best songs, period. Despite some slightly draggy moments, On My Way is still another solid effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882159825
  • Catalog Number: 21598
  • Sales rank: 19,171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Need You Back (3:17)
  2. 2 Hospital Bed (3:37)
  3. 3 My Apartment (3:57)
  4. 4 On My Way (3:54)
  5. 5 The Rules (2:37)
  6. 6 Down (4:08)
  7. 7 Living Life (4:02)
  8. 8 Ann Disaster (3:08)
  9. 9 Believer (4:59)
  10. 10 Hear Me Out (3:43)
  11. 11 Different But the Same (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Kweller Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Ethan Johns Percussion
John Kent Drums
Fred Eltringham Drums
Josh Lattanzi Bass, Vocals
Mike Stroud Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ethan Johns Producer, Engineer
Steve Mazur Engineer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Ben Kweller Composer, Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ben Kweller is on his way

    I first heard of Ben Kweller a couple of years ago, when his first major album Sha Sha was released. I picked it up and immediately fell in love with his unique, distinctive sound. I suppose I had high expectations of his new album based on this, and it certainly does not disappoint. The catchy hooks, the gooky and off-the-wall yet somehow still thoughtful lyrics, and Ben's undeniable musicianship are all still there, and Ben manages to add to the appeal with the new rockier sound. If you liked "Harriet's Got A Song" and "Wasted and Ready", you'll adore the whole of the new record, especially the standout rock of "The Rules" and "Hospital Bed". That's not to say there aren't still some more lower tempo, smoother tracks. "On My Way" gives light to a new, countrier sound most comparable with "Lizzy" on the last album, while "Living Life" is like what "Falling" should have been. Altogether, if you're into Ben already, you'll love the new direction this album has taken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The triumphant return of BK... just not without a few bumps

    Allright. It's been a long few years... and after the 500th listening to of "Sha Sha", which was every bit as good as the first, I was desperate for more of the Kweller. Unfortunately, "On My Way" left me slightly disappointed. Don't get me wrong- It's a great album, and still a heck of a lot better than the "cross-between-bubble-gum-and-Nirvana-esque-angst" out there now. But it doesn't measure up to Ben's debut. The reason why, keep in mind, eludes me, but it's not because it's bad. It's just not the same. That being said, it's a wonderful listen. Specifically, "I Need You Back" and "Hear Me Out" beat "Wasted and Ready" and "Walk on Me", in my opinion, but still do not compare to the the skittery fun of "Commerce, TX" and the aural beauty of "Falling." And unfortunately, with the exception of "Hospital Bed", which could fit right in smack dab in the middle of "Sha Sha", nearly every other song on "On My Way" is, alas, unmemorable. I hope BK hasn't run out of great hooks. Even the title track, which is stripped down akin to "Lizzy", is hard to remember an hour later were it not for the Death-by-Karate references. In conclusion, "On My Way" will not show the waning of Kweller's career, and is indeed satisfying, but only if you haven't just listened to "Sha Sha."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BK DOES IT AGAIN

    BK's new cd is amazing, though not as good as Sha Sha right off the bat it is just as good or even better after a few listen threws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BK Rocks again!!

    Hey Guys!!!! If you thought Sha Sha was good then Ben Kweller has just got better with this album. I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I just can't seem to put anything else on my stereo. It's another album of simple pop songs with straight-forward but meaningful lyrics. Track 1 through to track 11 are brilliant especially the title track, My Apartment, The Rules, Down, Hear Me Out... I could go on!!! I urge you to give this CD a listen. You won't be disappointed!!

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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