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Ben Kweller: Changing HorsesChanging Horses (2009)
Sony Music Entertainment
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Ben Kweller grew up outside of Dallas, but has been a New Yorker for the majority of his solo career. Though the concept of this album was conceived prior to the Kwellers moving back to Texas last April, it seems things lined up perfectly. While most of Kweller's recorded output has focused on his r.
Ben Kweller grew up outside of Dallas, but has been a New Yorker for the majority of his solo career. Though the concept of this album was conceived prior to the Kwellers moving back to Texas last April, it seems things lined up perfectly. While most of Kweller's recorded output has focused on his rocker side, he always let a pinch of his childhood's music into the mix. Stripped acoustic ditties like "Lizzy" and "On My Way" showed his folk leanings, and he mixed in banjo and pedal steel on "In Other Words," even trying his own hand at slide guitar on "Nothing Happening." Changing Horses is Ben Kweller focusing on that more country aspect of his songwriting, an idea he's toyed with for years. It's the sound of a musician having a blast trying a new direction and injected with the energy of recording with a band again after the truly solo Ben Kweller which was fun and poppy yet ultimately his most sterile and chorus-centric album.
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