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Love Extreme
     

A Love Extreme

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by Benji Hughes
 

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From the Coltrane-spoofing title to the mix of oddball pop
ock and poignant, lovesick torch songs, A Love Extreme is -- to put it lightly -- an unconventional debut album. Benji Hughes pulls precious few punches, sandwiching 25 songs onto two discs and gracing the cover with his intensely bearded face. While not exactly new to the

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From the Coltrane-spoofing title to the mix of oddball pop
ock and poignant, lovesick torch songs, A Love Extreme is -- to put it lightly -- an unconventional debut album. Benji Hughes pulls precious few punches, sandwiching 25 songs onto two discs and gracing the cover with his intensely bearded face. While not exactly new to the music biz (Hughes co-wrote the provocative "Let's Duet" for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in 2007, and folk songbird Priscilla Ahn covered his song "Masters of China" on her first album), Hughes is still a newcomer to the recording studio, and he attacks his debut with the professionalism of a veteran songwriter and the "I wanna do everything!" eagerness of Charlie Bucket in Willie Wonka's factory. Mixing plaintive piano ballads with intergalactic synths, jazz chord changes, drowsy melodies, pop sensibilities, and more stylistic influences than could possibly be counted, Hughes sets himself up as a contender for Beck's throne, should the latter artist ever retire. His baritone vocals are rich and deep, which lends a weary authenticity to the slow love songs that dominate most of the first disc. Hughes sounds his best in full-fledged pop mode, though, whether he's recounting a drug-addled experience at a Flaming Lips concert or chastising a girl for standing him up at the local Dairy Queen. "Even If" stands out as one of the best tracks here, with Hughes channeling the vocal delivery of Jim Morrison and Julian Casablancas while strutting through soundscapes of lush jazz-pop. A Love Extreme is, as its title suggests, an album of sonic extremes, but those willing to sit through both discs will find a number of eccentric, engaging songs, particularly on side two.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396614929
catalogNumber:
6149
Rank:
138011

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Performance Credits

Benji Hughes   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Keith Ciancia   Track Performer
Barbara Gruska   Drums
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Joey Waronker   Drums
Jonathan Wilson   Guitar
Aaron Robinson   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Andrews   Guitar
Morgan Nagler   Vocals
Gus Seyffert   Bass,Drums,Vocals
Bram Inscore   Keyboards
Jade Vincent   Vocals

Technical Credits

Keith Ciancia   Composer,Producer,Remixing
David Susskind   Producer,Audio Production
David Paul Jr. Collins   Artwork
Gus Seyffert   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Benji Hughes   Composer,Art Direction
Keefus Ciancia   Remixing,Audio Production

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A Love Extreme 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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