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On My Way

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I Need You Back
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Hospital Bed
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My Apartment
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On My Way
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The Rules
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Down
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Living Life
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Ann Disaster
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Believer
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Hear Me Out
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Different But the Same
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:24

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keith_pfaller

I am a big fan of this guy, and the best is the cover art. He is such a bad mother.

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Catchy as hell

alexashton

This guy writes good songs, period. This is slightly more hard rocking at times than his debut, yet still as insanely catchy and fun.

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Ben Kweller Genius

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This is another collection of smart pop songs by one of the great songwriters of this generation. See him live, this guy is for real

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Often underrated

SpaceSamurai

Among Ben Kweller's first three albums, this often gets passed over as a poppy but slightly lacking disc. However, I think there is a lot more to this CD than people give it credit for. Standout tracks such as the harmonica-driven "Hear Me Out" and the rollicking "The Rules" are both accessable and impressive. My personal favorite is the title track, touching and heartfelt, as it brings into focus the best part of any Ben Kweller CD, which is Ben Kweller himself. This is a very enjoyable disc, and makes anyone who listens to it feel instantly closer to the man who wrote it.

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A Field Report from the New Country

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Whither country music - or will it wither? Most of the c&w on strut at the recent CMA awards had more to do with 80's power-rock and 00's teen-pop than the morning farm report. In recent years, an alt-country movement in such Willy-billy suburbs as Brooklyn's Williamsburg has waved a country flag, along with a taste for trucker's caps and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This isn't a sudden outcropping on the range; ever since Gram Parsons… more »

They Say All Music Guide

A smaller, simpler affair than his breakout album, Sha Sha, Ben Kweller’s On My Way strips away the polished alt-rock production and emphasizes the singer/songwriter side of his music. There’s nothing here as immediately infectious as the Sha Sha singles “Wasted and Ready” and “Commerce TX” were, and overall it’s a more subdued album. However, this somewhat more mature approach is contrasted and balanced by Kweller’s voice, which still sounds charmingly, vulnerably adolescent as he ventures further into his twenties. While there are still quite a few rock songs on the album, not all of them work; for every track like the stomping “The Rules,” which is the closest Kweller gets to an angry young man stance, there’s an “Ann Disaster,” which has a fun start-stop structure but isn’t especially distinctive otherwise. On My Way’s slower songs fare better, particularly “Living Life” and “Different But the Same,” both of which tap into Kweller’s not-so-secret admiration for piano men like Elton John and, to a lesser extent, Billy Joel. Best of all, though, are On My Way’s power pop-influenced songs, which are urgent, plaintive, and funny at the same time. “Need You Back” makes the most of the endearing cracks in Kweller’s voice as well as his way with jangly guitars; “Down” comes the closest to Sha Sha’s instant-gratification pop; and the bittersweet “Hear Me Out” is not only one of the best songs on the album, it’s one of Kweller’s best songs, period. Despite some slightly draggy moments, On My Way is still another solid effort. – Heather Phares

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