Ripe

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ben Lee settled into a bit of a groove on his 2005 album, Awake Is the New Sleep -- or, rather, he matured, mellowing into a tuneful, tongue-in-cheek singer/songwriter, an Evan Dando who was warm, fuzzy, friendly, and lacking a considerable history of substance abuse. Of course, our Ben has never been dangerous -- he's always been a precocious kid, and if his mild impishness has faded over the years, along with his onetime fondness for clattering punk, his boyish sense of humor still remains on Ripe, his 2007 follow-up to Awake. Sometimes that humor is a bit too much -- despite its naggingly catchy hook, "What Would Jay-Z Do?" feels like a joke passed along in a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ben Lee settled into a bit of a groove on his 2005 album, Awake Is the New Sleep -- or, rather, he matured, mellowing into a tuneful, tongue-in-cheek singer/songwriter, an Evan Dando who was warm, fuzzy, friendly, and lacking a considerable history of substance abuse. Of course, our Ben has never been dangerous -- he's always been a precocious kid, and if his mild impishness has faded over the years, along with his onetime fondness for clattering punk, his boyish sense of humor still remains on Ripe, his 2007 follow-up to Awake. Sometimes that humor is a bit too much -- despite its naggingly catchy hook, "What Would Jay-Z Do?" feels like a joke passed along in a high-school library -- but even if he occasionally overplays his hand, it sure is hard to dislike Lee. This is a guy who laments "Sex Without Love" (to a pounding new wave disco beat, no less!), sings about "American Television" without a trace of condescension, and updates the lilting '50s doo wop beat on "Birds and Bees," a charming duet with Mandy Moore. Lee has a warm cheerfulness that's thoroughly ingratiating, and he has the tunes to match. While none of these songs stands up and calls attention to itself -- neither does Lee, for that matter -- the songs are solidly constructed, are charming upon the first listen, and grow stronger on repeated plays, which are earned through the album's hazy, sweet nature. Truth be told, Ripe isn't all that different than Awake Is the New Sleep, but it's no worse: it's equally entertaining and endearing, a modest pleasure that's a pleasure all the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396612727
  • Catalog Number: 6127
  • Sales rank: 380,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Me Like the World Is Ending (3:46)
  2. 2 American Television (3:40)
  3. 3 Birds and Bees - Mandy Moore (3:10)
  4. 4 Is This How Love's Supposed to Feel? (4:19)
  5. 5 Blush (3:56)
  6. 6 Numb (2:58)
  7. 7 What Would Jay-Z Do? (2:55)
  8. 8 Sex Without Love (3:31)
  9. 9 Home (2:40)
  10. 10 So Hungry (3:35)
  11. 11 Just Say Yes (5:23)
  12. 12 Ripe (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Lee Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Nic Jones Piano, Harmonium, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Vibes, ARP, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Juno
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Alagia Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Ebo, Shaker, Tack Piano
Sean Hurley Bass
Tracy Wannomae Clarinet, Alto Horn
Mandy Moore Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Todd M. Simon Trumpet
Sara Watkins Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Taylor Locke Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Charlotte Martin Piano, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Benji Madden Guest Appearance
Rachael Yamagata Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Matt DeMerritt Tenor Horn
Robert Schwartzman Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ned Bower Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Rallicke Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Danny Goldberg Management
Doug Sax Mastering
Brian Scheuble Engineer
John Alagia Producer, Audio Production
Ben Lee Composer, Art Direction
Brady Brock Management
Charlotte Martin Composer
Jesse Bauer Management
Robert Schwartzman Composer
Rusty Logsdon Horn Arrangements
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