Brendan Benson - 'What Kind Of World'

Polished radio rock records

  • Release Date 23 Apr, 2012
  • Producer Brendan Benson
  • Record Label Lojinx
  • Fact In the US, he released the album on his own record label and publishing company, Readymade.
8 / 10
As Jack White goes all Jools Holland boogie-woogie on his solo album, for his Raconteurs compadre Brendan Benson it’s back to the day job – knocking out glistening radio rock records with more hooks than a Saw movie prop department.

This fifth solo album breaks no new ground – besides piano epic ‘Bad For Me’ making a case for him as the 21st-century Harry Nilsson and the brooding, string-flecked prowler ‘Pretty Baby’ obviously being written as an audition for a Twilight soundtrack. But it reasserts Benson’s standing as one of America’s greatest songwriters, even if his adherence to straight-ahead meat-and-potatoes FM bar-room rock, unfiddled with since 2002’s pop masterpiece ‘Lapalco’, shows all the imagination of a Sonisphere line-up. Lust, loss, despair and all-out S&M (the sultry ‘Keep Me’) skitter about beneath these glossy grunge melodies, but never dampen the overall gusts of wind-in-yer-hair wonder.

Leave your ATP reward cards at the door and dive in, the current’s lovely.

Mark Beaumont

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