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July 25, 2012 The Raconteurs' singer returns with his fifth solo album, out on his own recently launched label.
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September 11, 2009 Benson remains best known for his work in The Raconteurs, but he's still saving his best songs for solo albums like the zippy and fantastic My Old, Familiar Friend, which seems to emerge from about four eras of pop-rock at once. Crisp and relentlessly catchy, the album practically oozes hooks, mixing cockeyed love songs with sublime kiss-off anthems like the irresistible "Don't Wanna Talk."
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August 4, 2009 A lot of people had never heard of Brendan Benson before he formed The Raconteurs in 2005 with guitarist Jack White of The White Stripes. But Benson already had a solid solo career, and anyone familiar with his music will confirm that he's responsible for much of that band's hyper-infectious power-pop sound. You can hear as much on Benson's latest solo album, My Old, Familiar Friend, available here in its entirety two weeks before its official release.
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June 5, 2008 When driving long distances, the crushing exhaustion and faceless landscapes can fade from memory in a nanosecond when accompanied by the perfect piece of adrenaline-infused music. These five tracks serve that purpose beautifully, so be sure to put them on for those moments when the landmarks are starting to whiz by in a joyously indistinct blur.
November 2, 2005 New urban soul from Stevie Wonder; Reunited with his old songs: John Fogerty; Detroit power pop from Brendan Benson; New psychedelia in Children of Nuggets; Canada's art rockers Broken Social Scene; Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio; Jazz interpretations of the group Pavement.
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