November 17, 2004 15:13

JACK WHITE'S 'ALTERNATIVE' CAREER

The White Stripes’ guitarist is producing his mate’s new album…

JACK WHITE'S 'ALTERNATIVE' CAREER
JACK WHITE has been recording Brendan Benson’s latest album in DETROIT.


White admitted this week that he wanted to make the new White Stripes record at Brendan Benson’s house.

However, it has now also been revealed that Brendan Benson’s third LP ’Alternative To Love’ is being recorded with the guitarist, following in the footsteps of Loretta Lynn’s last album ’Van Lear Rose’ - produced by White.


Benson said: "Jack's doing his own record, and I don't know too much about that. But Jack and I started making a record together. We've got 11 or 12 songs recorded, but not completely finished. We still need to sing vocals on some of the songs."


Currently supporting Keane on their UK tour, Brendan Benson is also using his house as the studio to record the album. The pair started work in August, with the record expected to hit the shops in March.


He said: "He lives two or three blocks away from me, and we've been friends for a really long time. So this just seemed like a good excuse to see what would happen when we worked together. It seems to be working out."

Describing the sound of the album, Brendan Benson told MTV News: "It's weird, man. There's stuff on there that sounds like Cat Stevens, and there's some stuff on there that sounds like Led Zeppelin. I can say some of the stuff sounds like pure Jack White. You can hear it and say, 'Oh, that's a Jack White song.' I don't know if people are going to think it's crap or brilliant. I have no idea."

Recorded with The Greenhornes’ bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler - who appeared on Lynn’s album too – ’Alternative To Love’ will have the finishing touches added when Brendan Benson returns to the US next week.


All four musicians are prepared to head out on the road in support of the album.


Brendan Benson added: "It's really great, man. People have got to hear it. Jack and I both sing. And it's kind of like a Paul McCartney/[a][/a] thing, if I may be so bold. And I'm not comparing the musicianship, just the fact that we're each kind of bringing in our own songs. And we both have different sounds and aesthetics, which adds a whole other aspect to it."

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