Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson

Metarie Extended Player

Star Time

With a year and a half of practically non-stop touring behind him, Detroit native Brendan Benson hasn’t had much time to record a proper follow-up to his brilliant 2002 disc Lapalco. So this five-song EP will have to serve as a placeholder. Of course since Benson took six years to follow up his first record, 1996’s One Mississippi, you might not want to hold your breath anyway.

Benson is one of those DIY pop geniuses who simply takes his time until he has the best collection of songs. He recorded Lapalco with only his pal and fellow pop genius Jason Falkner for support. Here Benson gets a little help from his touring band the Well-Fed Boys on a newly recorded version of the Lapalco track “Metarie,” which sports a spiffy new bridge section. This is Benson at his bittersweet, self-deprecating best. “Met a girl / Introduced myself / Asked her to go with me / And no one else,” he sings. But the girl’s response isn’t quite what he hoped: “You need a bath / Your clothes are wrong / You’re not my type / Know we wouldn’t get along.” -wm As for the other tracks contained here, the EP includes a second non-album “U.K. version” of “Metarie.” There’s also a new version of “You’re Quiet,” which doesn’t add much to the Lapalco original besides an unnecessary expletive. The repetitive, acoustic number “Alternative to Love” is really the only new track here, and unfortunately it’s not one of Benson’s strongest tunes. What may make this EP worth it for Benson fans who may be on the fence is his cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It,” which has become a concert staple.

Sure this EP merely treads water and doesn’t really break any new ground. But a little more Brendan Benson product in the marketplace can’t be a bad thing. Fellow Detroit native Jack White (of the White Stripes) is a fan. You should be too.

Star Time International: http://www.startimerecords.com/ • Brendan Benson: http://www.brendanbenson.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sweet Crude
    Sweet Crude

    Créatures (Rhyme and Reason). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Gregg Allman, RIP
    Gregg Allman, RIP

    Michelle Wilson gives tribute to the voice of an angel. Gregg Allman, RIP.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

From the Archives