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Sha Sha
     

Sha Sha

by Ben Kweller
 

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Don't be fooled by Ben Kweller's lazy, low-key vocal delivery: This precocious 20-year-old singer-songwriter is more pop prodigy than slacker. Signed by a major label as a teenager with his first band, Radish, Kweller had an early taste of success before the group disbanded and the Texas native moved to Brooklyn to pursue a solo career. Barely out of his teens,

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Don't be fooled by Ben Kweller's lazy, low-key vocal delivery: This precocious 20-year-old singer-songwriter is more pop prodigy than slacker. Signed by a major label as a teenager with his first band, Radish, Kweller had an early taste of success before the group disbanded and the Texas native moved to Brooklyn to pursue a solo career. Barely out of his teens, Kweller releases the playful, decidedly tuneful Sha Sha, which owes more than a passing debt to indie songsmiths such as Pavement and the Lemonheads but easily transcends mere imitation. It's hard not to think he's commenting on his career's early years with the coy album opener, "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)": Over a bouncy piano riff, he rambles, "When I was a movie star an asteroid had hit the earth and prematurely ended my career." Chunky riffs and shoutable choruses -- hallmarks of Steve Malkmus's irresistible style -- drive "Wasted & Ready," "Walk on Me," and "Harriet's Got a Song," while Kweller's links to NYC's anti-folk scene come to the fore on the spare acoustic number "Lizzy." What gives the album an unexpected depth and maturity are songs such as the piano-driven ballads "In Other Words," which suggests a youthful Ben Folds, and "Make It Up," which betrays Kweller's love for a hummable melody and conjures both the Velvet Underground and Evan Dando. Although he complains on "Commerce, TX" that "My brain is super-fried. It involves pain to look inside," Ben Kweller's glee and satisfaction at music making fills every nook and cranny of Sha Sha.

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Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0809274772022
catalogNumber:
747720

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