You Should Be So Lucky

You Should Be So Lucky

by Benmont Tench
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You Should Be So Lucky

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602537652167
catalogNumber: 1985602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benmont Tench   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tom Petty   Bass
Ringo Starr   Tambourine
Richard Dodd   Cello
Ethan Johns   Acoustic 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,Vocal Harmony
David Rawlings   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Blake Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,tiple,Musician
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
David Rawlings   Contribution
Lawrence Azerrad   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Ryan Adams   Contribution
Traditional   Composer
Sam Jones   Cover Photo
Gilliam Welch   Contribution
Section Quartet   String Arrangements
Joel Jerome   Contribution
Dennis Stainken   Marketing

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You Should Be So Lucky 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SoCal_Reader More than 1 year ago
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.