Release Date: Sep 19, 2006
Record label: Red Ink
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
On his third, self-titled effort, Ben Kweller takes the notion of "solo album" to the extreme, playing all of the instruments himself. For many artists, this would result in an album that's quiet and insular. However, Ben Kweller is nearly as immediate and direct as Sha Sha and On My Way were, but with a little more focus.
Ben Kweller shoulda coulda been the next Kurt Cobain. In 1997, The New Yorker told us as much – in a sprawling, 10-page feature on the then 15-year-old Dallasite. The funny thing about hyperbolic proclamations of potential is that people only pay attention when you don't live up to them. To date, there's been no next Cobain.