Saturday 29 September 2007

Love Me Like The World Is Ending

Today I bought Ben Lee's new CD Ripe, a truly great collection of music by this Aussie singer/songwriter.

I'm a huge fan of his melodic style. This follows his award-winning, multi-platinum Awake Is The New Sleep.

As I was driving across the Baron River bridge this morning, en route to the airport, I acknowledge that this is great car music.

His new CD Ripe enjoys themes of love and sex, with Lee being flirtatious (Blush), straight-to-the-point (Sex Without Love) and head-over-heels (Just Say Yes).

Ben's is touring Australia in October.. here's the calendar. He's is now based in LA, and roped in Mandy Moore on the poptastic Birds And Bees; Good Charlotte's Benji Madden busts a wicked '70s hard rock guitar solo on Sex Without Love and Lee uses an all-star chorus of backing vocalists including Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins and Rachael Yamagata - on several tunes.

At the age of 14, he was discovered by The Beastie Boys. His debut solo album, Grandpaw Would, was in 1995 and was followed by four critically acclaimed albums filled with pop melodies. in 2005 he released his fifth record, Awake Is The New Sleep that included the hit Catch My Disease, that went double platinum and he received four Aria Awards for Best
Male Artist, Single of the Year, Best Independent Album and Best Album Art.

The single went on to become the first ever independently released #1 radio song in Australian history, and went Top 10 in Canada, Spain and Benelux, and Top 20 in the US.

He recently appeared on Rove. Here's the lead song from Ripe:-

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