You Should Be So Lucky

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As a Heartbreaker and on his own, Benmont Tench defines a supporting musician: versatile, tasteful, and distinctive; enhancing sessions without overwhelming the leader. He's so thoroughly part of a group that it's hard to picture him stepping to the center of the stage, but You Should Be So Lucky -- his 2014 solo debut, released roughly 38 years after the first Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album -- shows he's an appealingly ragged and relaxed frontman and one who knows not to abandon his core strengths. One of those strengths may not be his vocals -- slightly raspy and slightly sweet, he can carry a tune he doesn't possess the gravelly croak of, say, Pete ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As a Heartbreaker and on his own, Benmont Tench defines a supporting musician: versatile, tasteful, and distinctive; enhancing sessions without overwhelming the leader. He's so thoroughly part of a group that it's hard to picture him stepping to the center of the stage, but You Should Be So Lucky -- his 2014 solo debut, released roughly 38 years after the first Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album -- shows he's an appealingly ragged and relaxed frontman and one who knows not to abandon his core strengths. One of those strengths may not be his vocals -- slightly raspy and slightly sweet, he can carry a tune he doesn't possess the gravelly croak of, say, Pete Buck, but he lays back, letting the listener come to him, never commanding attention -- but, whether he's choosing a cover or sculpting an original, he has an ear for a good tune, he knows how to color them effectively, and, especially, he knows how to carry out every kind of groove. Often on You Should Be So Lucky, Tench turns toward a loose-limbed, R&B swing and Glyn Johns -- a legendary producer who surprisingly has never produced Petty, but did helm Ryan Adams' 2011 set Ashes & Fire, which featured support by Tench -- does the smart thing by recording the keyboardist and his group featuring Don Was, Ethan Johns, Jeremy Stacey, and Blake Mills live, capturing their inherent burned-in groove as well as its elasticity. Tench and company can drift, as they do on smoky instrumental "Ecor Rouge," dabble with the New Orleans rhumba "Wobbles", and work up a serious groove a smoking cover of Bob Dylan's latter-day gem "Duquesne Whistle", but most of the record is anchored in roots rock that isn't necessarily rustic. Even when the spirit is shambolic, such as on the pleasingly lazy Band-indebted "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress," there's an ease to the delivery that's smooth yet consciously dodges away from polish. You Should Be So Lucky is distinguished by that casual professionalism, and the album is so comfortable, so easy to enjoy that it can take a few listens to realize how deeply Tench's original songs sink in -- it's not just that ballads like "Today I Took Your Picture Down" start to resonate, but the pop hooks on "Veronica Said" and the title track seem stronger and cannier -- and how soulful this whole affair is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537652167
  • Catalog Number: 1985602
  • Sales rank: 11,450

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benmont Tench Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tom Petty Bass
Ringo Starr Tambourine
Richard Dodd Cello
Ethan Johns Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Shaker, tiple, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Leslie), Musician, Vocal Harmony
Jeremy Stacey Percussion, Drums, Musician
Don Was Bass, Upright Bass, Musician
Gillian Welch Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
David Rawlings Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Ryan Adams Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Lauren Chipman Viola
Blake Mills Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, tiple, Musician
The Section Quartet Strings
Joel Jerome Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Arranger, Composer
Tom Petty Contribution
Ringo Starr Contribution
Robert Hunter Composer
Benmont Tench Composer
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
David Rawlings Contribution
Lawrence Azerrad Art Direction, Cover Illustration
Ryan Adams Contribution
Traditional Composer
Sam Jones Cover Photo
Gilliam Welch Contribution
The Section Quartet String Arrangements
Joel Jerome Contribution
Dennis Stainken Marketing
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  • Posted February 19, 2014

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    As easy and comfortable as a favorite leather jacket.  Tench's s

    As easy and comfortable as a favorite leather jacket.  Tench's style and treatment is at once familiar and totally fresh.  His band sounds loose and relaxed, but if you listen through a couple of times, you realize it's a disciplined and deliberate style.  The writing is superb and Tench makes the cover tunes all his own through brilliant arrangements.  There is so much collective genius at work here; if you listen, you can hear it all and identify the contributing artist   Tench gives everyone a chance to shine right beside him.  Altogether worth owning and sharing.

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