michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — BRENDAN BENSON

In album review on 04/06/2012 at 9:52 am

Brendan Benson

What Kind of World

(Readymade)

Long before he became Jack White’s right-hand man in the Raconteurs, Brendan Benson was turning out chewy nuggets of ’70s-era power pop with dashes of alt-rock bite. The Michigan-bred singer-songwriter’s fifth solo album doesn’t break any new ground or even stray into unfamiliar territory. Instead, it’s a dependable, if somewhat forgettable, slice of melodic and muscular rock & roll that never gets too fussy or complicated. Unlike his more famous guitar-hero pal, Benson never sounds like he has something to prove. The songs – especially the extravagantly lush “Bad for Me” and the tops-down-rocker “Light of Day” – on What Kind of World are filled with big choruses, pounding pianos, and an unabashedly sincere love for 35-year-old radio hits as they straddle the sweet line between Elton John and Electric Light Orchestra.

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