Following his phenomenal success as co-frontman/songwriter in The Raconteurs, BRENDAN BENSON returns in August 2009 with his fourth and finest solo album, “My Old, Familiar Friend” on Echo / Cooperative Music.
Recorded in Nashville and London, produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) and mixed by Dave Sardy (The Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis) “My Old, Familiar Friend” is a marriage of passion and perfectionism and an illustration of all that is special about Benson. From the seductive glimmer of “Feel Like Taking You Home” to the Motown swoon of “Garbage Day” Benson has shaped his restless-hearted stories into a master-class of timeless songs.
It is a style he has honed, of course. On 1996’s “One Mississippi”, the songs came rough-hewn but charged with hooks and with wit; 2002’s “Lapalco” brought a perfect pop ripeness, and by The Alternative to Love in 2005, there was something quite brilliant and burnished about his songwriting. Along the way he has co-written and recorded two spectacular albums with The Raconteurs – “Broken Boy Soldiers” and “Consolers of the Lonely”. For Benson, the Raconteurs was not just an opportunity to play with close friends Jack White (The White Stripes) Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes) but also a chance to roll around in the rock, psychedelia and blues that has shaped his musical taste.
Through all of the songs on “My Old, Familiar Friend” revels a delight in melody. Benson’s musical approach is detailed, craftsmanlike, fastidious. These are songs that have arrived perfectly formed and immaculate, songs from the very top drawer… the sound of a classic singer/songwriter operating at the top of his game.
“My Old, Familiar Friend” is released 24th August on Echo / Cooperative Music.
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