online listen
association with Jack White who also has a new one this week
power pop I guess, Nick Lowe
a couple of likes, but not enough
1.5 from me and a converted 2.1 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Bad For Me

released Apr 24th, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

A Michigan-born songwriter who occupies the rockier end of the power pop spectrum (more indebted to the Who than
the Raspberries, that is), Brendan Benson debuted at the age of 26 with a sterling first album, 1996's One
Mississippi. He continued working as a solo artist for the better part of a decade, releasing three albums of his
own while occasionally appearing on other artists' records. However, Benson remained a minor part of the musical
mainstream until 2005, when he began collaborating with fellow Michigander Jack White of the White Stripes, forming
a partnership that quickly turned into a four-piece band named the Raconteurs. The supergroup fared well on both
sides of the Atlantic, with 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008's Consolers of the Lonely both cracking the Top Ten
in the U.K. and America. Benson returned to his solo career in 2009, as the Raconteurs took an indefinite break and
Jack White shifted his focus to the Dead Weather.

Brendan Benson worked alongside songwriter Jason Falkner, former member of Jellyfish and the Grays, during the
creation of his debut album. Falkner co-wrote over half the songs and produced the first version of One
Mississippi, but Virgin Records rejected the album and sent Benson back into the studio with a new producer, Ethan
Johns. Meanwhile, several of the Falkner-produced tunes were released via a limited-edition EP called The Wellfed
Boy, which appeared not long after the revised version of One Mississippi came out. As major-label power pop albums
are wont to do, One Mississippi sold fairly poorly despite receiving positive reviews, and Benson spent the next
several years extricating himself from his Virgin contract while producing and appearing on other artists' records.

Released in 2002, Lapalco marked his independent debut, and its critical success spurred Benson's return to the
majors in 2005 with The Alternative to Love. Benson then joined with Jack White in forming the Raconteurs. The
group released the aforementioned albums Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely, and scored a number one
single with "Steady as She Goes," which topped the modern rock charts in 2006. After playing with the band for
several years, however, Benson struck out on his own with 2009's My Old, Familiar Friend, his fourth solo effort.
In 2012, Benson returned with his fifth studio album, What Kind of World. Featuring the single "Bad for Me," the
album was Benson's first release on his own Readymade Records label.

Album Review - from allmusic

Brendan Benson has always had an uncanny knack for first-person pop. Since his glimmering 1996 debut One
Mississippi and its blisteringly catchy 2002 follow-up Lapalco, Benson's lyrical output has been widely focused
around his repeated looks inward. The words "me," "mine," "my," and "I" come up a lot. More neurotically
autobiographical and self-analyzing than narcissistic, the singer's hyper-personal inspection of himself and his
struggles with the world are reflective of the meticulous magnifying glass he applies to his winding power pop
compositions. The combination of therapy session lyrics and deeply controlled perfectionist pocket symphonies has
really cultivated a sound that feels like being inside Benson's head, jittery place that it may be. His fifth
studio album, What Kind of World is a further look inside the songwriter's wiry inner world, thankfully for his
listeners a world that has as many ELO-inspired bombastic hooks and killer guitar tones as it does personal
hangups. Benson's gift for harmonizing with himself is in the spotlight on songs like "Light of Day," fuzz-tone
guitar lines pushing along the song's richly layered chorus. Long a student of the Beatles and everything that came
from their lineage, the songwriter leans heavily on Lennon-esque melodies and wistfully nostalgic moods on songs
like the roots rocky country-porch amble of "On the Fence" and the piano-driven single "Bad for Me." "Pretty Baby"
is the odd song out on the album, with an eerie melody duetted by Benson and vocalist Ashley Monroe surfing on a
huge beat and spooky Mellotron strings. This dusty collection of theatrical sounds bears the audible influence of
Benson's songwriting partner in the Raconteurs, Jack White. White never shies away from over the top melodrama and
filmic seriousness in his songs, and "Pretty Baby" is the most dramatic of the bunch on What Kind of World. This is
as dynamic a record as Benson has ever made, but trades some of the homespun charm and young hunger of his earlier
work for a more expensive-sounding studio sheen. The songs sound every bit as inspired, but something in the
production of the album makes them less immediate, requiring a second or third listen before they really sink in.
All told, the album is more of a grower than most of Benson's instantly gripping catalog, but those kinds of
records from a longstanding champion of pop songwriting suggest growth both personal and musical. At this point in
his journey, Benson's been writing self-accessing pop songs from a gleefully frazzled perspective for close to 20
years. When the results of his introspection sound so nice, we can only hope he takes as long as possible to sort
out his issues.

Track Listing

1. What Kind of World
2. Bad for Me
3. Light of Day
4. Happy Most of the Time
5. Keep Me
6. Pretty Baby
7. Here in the Deadlights
8. Met Your Match
9. Thru the Ceiling
10. No One Else But You
11. Come On
12. On the Fence