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Changing Horses

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Gypsy Rose
Old Hat
Hurtin' You
Ballad Of Wendy Baker
Sawdust Man
Wantin' Her Again
Things I Like To Do
On Her Own
Homeward Bound
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 35:39

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Ben Kweller, Changing Horses
Label: ATO Records

The Republic of Texas has long prided itself on its all-American autonomy: Texans have their own way of barbecuing beef, a unique sense of perspective (bigger is always best), and a rich country-music legacy, ruled by outlaws and rebels. Ben Kweller may be a Brooklyn resident now, but he spent a good chunk of his boyhood in Texas. For Changing Horses, his fourth solo LP, he not only returned to Texas to record, he also… read more »

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Solid front to back


This album doesn't have the same vibe as his other stuff, but I think that Ben nails the country sound. I like all his other albums, and I really like this one too. Plus, the track "On Her Own" is great because it sounds like a mashup of early Garth Brooks and the theme from "Lavern & Shirley". That idea probably sounds like a train wreck, but it's actually great.

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Great Album


If your a fan of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Gram Parsons or even the Kinks 'Muswell Hillbillies', then this album is for you. It really seemed like Ben was having fun recording this and the end result was a great alt-country album.

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I was a huge fan of Ben's last album (self-titled), and waited anxiously for the new one. If you're looking for typical Kweller poppy melodic hooks (that he does so well), this may not be the album for you. Changing Horses is honky-tonk country music, circa 1970s. Good songwriting? Sure. But the twang runs thick on this album.

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Trying to like it


I can't get into it as much as I try.

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Great change of pace!


This one's a bit more country, so I wasn't sure if I liked it as much as other Ben Kweller albums at first. But after a few listens I really got into it. The great lyrics & the catchy tunes still stand out and make this a must-have.

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Was so dissapointed


Considering that his 2006 self titled album is one of my favorites, this album was a huge letdown. WAY too country for my taste. Everything about his other albums that captured me was completely missing on this one. Could only stand listening to it a few times before I gave up trying to like it. Hate to give it a bad review. Honestly :(

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Basically Boring


Sorry, Ben, but this is like a.m. country rock. I tried to like this album, because I love Ben, but it sounded like he was just going through the motions.

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It works!


You can't avoid the Gram comparisons but, Ben crafts what appears to be the real deal. The writing and performances are rock solid. Old Hat is a gem and both me and my 5 year old love dancing to Fight.

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A musician of integrity


I like Ben, I don't love him. But I admire the integrity he has maintained through each of his albums. This is a very good one.

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If Gram were alive today, he might sound like this


Some albums grow on you. Others you love right away. I loved this from the first listen. "Old Hat" is simply a beautiful song.

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They Say All Music Guide

After flirting with country music throughout his solo career, Ben Kweller embraces his Texas roots with Changing Horses, an earthy record filled with pedal steel guitars and honky tonk storytelling. Kweller’s southern pedigree has always made itself known — in the twang of his acoustic guitar, in the lilt of his voice — but Changing Horses shines a spotlight on those nuances, replacing the heartland rock & roll of his past albums with a healthy dose of Americana. This is saloon-styled songwriting, complete with flashes of close harmony and images of Greyhound stations, starry skies, and homebound highways. Kweller sounds confident throughout, playing the rustic raconteur like a twentysomething Leon Russell, but the album’s secret weapon is newcomer Kitt Kitterman, whose pedal steel riffs and Dobro arpeggios lend some authenticity to Kweller’s southern state of mind. Nowhere is that mentality clearer than in the barroom gospel of “Fight,” a three-minute credo of carpe diem ethics and multi-part harmonies. Meanwhile, “Sawdust Man” strikes a balance between bouncing Beatles-styled pop and loose, half-drunk folk-rock, while “Things I Like to Do” spins a simple love song narrative with relaxed wit. For those perennial fans who always wished Kweller had turned songs like “Lizzy” into swampy Nashville ballads, Changing Horses marks a defining moment in the songwriter’s career, offering up a batch of pastiche-free country music that, like Ryan Adams’ Jacksonville City Nights, may be a promising sign of what’s to come. – Andrew Leahey

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