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What Kind of World

Brendan Benson

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Brendan Benson has been an impressive pop-rock artist with and without Jack White. Benson's membership in The Raconteurs with White raised the Michigan native's profile in many circles, but Benson's never needed help putting together smart, catchy rock 'n' roll. Here he does duet with The Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe on "Pretty Baby" and "On the Fence" to great effect, but mostly he conjures a vibe that's led many to compare him to Harry Nilsson, Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet, and even Jeff Lynne's ELO. It's solid pop companionship, with indelible tunes like "Met Your Match," "Thru the Ceiling" (cowritten with Jay Joyce), and "The Light of Day" (which features nicely flanged guitars) making the connection clear. "No One Else but You" starts with the wind whipping across the plains until the country-rock kicks in, as if Benson's suddenly an extra member of The Jayhawks. There are many different influences here, all brought together with ease and affection. 

Customer Reviews

total 70's vibe ..pretty cool

this album is the type that you have to listen to several times and may possibly become addicting......


this is real music.

Another brilliant album!

While Brendan Benson is best known for his work with The Raconteurs, he is a fantastic artist in his own right.
What Kind of World is consistent with his previous solo releases in that it has interesting melodies, thoughtful lyrics and great layered vocals. If you have not listened to Brendan before, lend What Kind of World an ear. You'll be hooked.


Born: November 14, 1970 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A Michigan-born songwriter who occupies the rockier end of the power pop spectrum (more indebted to the Who than the Raspberries, that is), Brendan Benson debuted at the age of 26 with a sterling first album, 1996's One Mississippi. He continued working as a solo artist for the better part of a decade, releasing three albums of his own while occasionally appearing on other artists' records. However, Benson remained a minor part of the musical mainstream until 2005, when he began collaborating with...
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