When Brendan Benson released his sophomore album, Lapalco, in 2002, the album was met with a flood of critical praise. NPR called it “terrific,” Rolling Stone proclaimed it “as universal as the late night, semi-drunken answering machine message or the love note you never quite had the guts to send,” and The Onion said it was an “almost overwhelmingly assured sophomore effort.”
Now, nearly a decade later, Benson has decided to re-release the record via his website. Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl versions of the remastered Lapalco paired with bonus tracks are available at brendanbenson.com
In addition to overseeing the re-release of Lapalco, Benson is recording and self-producing his fifth full-length album at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 studios. More on that as it comes.
Yes, I’m back. Did you miss me? Did you wonder where went I go for those few days? Well its called The Sims 3 decided to blow up my computer AND laptop leaving me basically unable to post anything. How rad is that?
Anyway, off to the real news….
Indie pop genius and Jack White sidekick, Brendan Benson, will finally be releasing his newest solo record on August 18 via ATO Records. Benson who is known to most as part of The Raconteurs, of course started off as a solo artist with a string of catchy and very poppy records.This will be his 4th album titled ‘My Old, Familar Friend,’ which was recorded both in Nashville and England, both a long way from his Detroit roots. The first single has yet to be released but we do know it is titled ‘A Whole Lot Better’. Benson will also be doing a solo tour this summer which gives the Raconteurs a nice little break. Hopefully this time around Benson will get the full credit and attention he deserves that hasn’t always been present on his prior records.
‘My Old, Familar Friend’ Tracklisting:
1. A Whole Lot Better
2. Eyes on the Horizon
3. Garbage Day
5. Feel Like Taking You Home
6. You Make a Fool Out of Me
7. Poised and Ready
8. Don’t Want To Talk
10. Lesson Learned
Watch one of our favorite Brendan Benson videos for ‘Spit it Out’ off of ‘The Alternative to Love’
Check out Brendan Benson on Myspace