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Ripe [Ben Lee]

  • 1. Love Me Like the World Is Ending
    2. American Television
    3. Birds and Bees
    4. Is This How Love's Supposed to Feel?
    5. Blush
    6. Numb
    7. What Would Jay-Z Do?
    8. Sex Without Love
    9. Home
    10. So Hungry
    11. Just Say Yes
    12. Ripe
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6127

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Alagia; John Alagia
    EngineerBrian Scheuble; Brian Scheuble

    Personnel: Ben Lee (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mandy Moore (vocals, background vocals); John Alagia (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tack piano, organ, shaker, tambourine, background vocals); Mark Goldenberg (guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Tracy Wannomae (clarinet, alto horn); David Rallicke (baritone saxophone); Todd M. Simon (trumpet); Matt DeMerritt (tenor horn); Nic Jones (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone); Charlotte Martin (piano, background vocals); Matt Chamberlain (drums, tambourine, percussion); Taylor Locke, Robert Schwartzman, Ned Bower, Rachael Yamagata, Sara Watkins (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Taylor Locke, Robert Schwartzman, Ned Bower, Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Benji Madden, Sara Watkins , Charlotte Martin.
    Audio Mixers: John Alagia; Brian Scheuble.
    Photographer: Alex Carr.
    First unfairly pegged as a teenage alternative rock novelty due to his fanboy ode to the Lemonheads' Evan Dando, "I Wish I Was Him," and then better known for his long public romance with a certain young Hollywood actress, Ben Lee has quietly matured into one of the best pure-pop songwriters of his generation. RIPE--a fine follow-up to his mainstream breakthrough, AWAKE IS THE NEW ASLEEP--is perfectly named: this is the album on which Lee's generous melodic gifts and trademark sardonic humor reach their full maturity. Highlights include the sweetly goofy "American Television" and the positively joyous "Birds and Bees," a duet with Mandy Moore that's as infectious as Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's whimsy and craft aplenty....Lee is an enflamed romantic at war with cynicism, and his mystical belief in the power of love pervades the material..."
    No Depression (p.98) - "RIPE is mighty likable....RIPE seems like an attempt to meet the mainstream head-on."
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