Ben Kweller (album)

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Ben Kweller
Studio album by Ben Kweller
Released September 19, 2006
Recorded Los Angeles, CA
Genre Indie rock
Length 40:10
Label ATO Records
Producer Gil Norton
Ben Kweller chronology
On My Way
Ben Kweller
Changing Horses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars link 3.5/5 stars link
HARP (positive) link
IGN 9.5/10 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10 stars link
This Is Fake DIY 4/5 stars link
URB 4/5 stars link
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars link

Ben Kweller is the self-titled third album by Ben Kweller. It was released September 19, 2006 on ATO Records.

One Minute Pop Song[edit]

For the 9 weeks leading up to the release of the album Ben Kweller previously took footage of himself and made an internet mini-show called "One Minute Pop Song." Each episode would usually run for 2–6 minutes.

Topics of the videos were varied. Some of the topics were about a fan who sent in a cover version of a song, talking about laying down the tracks and playing all the instruments on the album, showing a tour of the studio, Ben Kweller rating himself on each instrument, telling a story about Neil Young, and talking about how he learned to play the drums from his father.

Recording process[edit]

On his Myspace website, Ben described the making of the album as "very exciting, emotional and challenging." He explained that since he played all the instruments on the album it "was a big change for me and it produced something really intimate and special. It's such a different way of working but if you can pull it off it makes a very cool and unique sound." He also described a song on the album, "A bonus for me, and you, is I think I might have written my best song while I was in the studio. It's called 'Thirteen'. It's very personal and almost hard for me to listen to."

Track listing[edit]

All songs and instruments by Ben Kweller.

  1. "Run" – 3:07
  2. "Nothing Happening" – 3:53
  3. "Sundress" – 4:06
  4. "I Gotta Move" – 3:10
  5. "Thirteen" – 4:17
  6. "Penny on the Train Track" – 4:28
  7. "I Don't Know Why" – 3:06
  8. "Magic" – 3:08
  9. "Red Eye" – 4:20
  10. "Until I Die" – 4:07
  11. "This Is War" – 2:25

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard 200 117
US Independent Albums 7
US Top Heatseekers 1


  • Charles Attal – Management
  • Jakub Blackman – Publicity
  • Matt Boynton – Digital Editing
  • Adrian Bushby – Mixing
  • Brian Dawson – Live Sound Engineer
  • John Dunne – Engineer
  • Roger Greenawalt Demo – Engineer
  • Sam Kersherbaum – Photography
  • Ben Kweller – Art Direction, Design, Photography, Layout Design, Instrumentation
  • Ray Lego – Photography, Cover Photo
  • Steve Mazur – Engineer
  • Michael McDonald – A&R
  • Sarah McGoldrick – Design, Layout Design
  • Gil Norton – Producer, Mixing, Pre-Production
  • Michael Palmieri – Photography
  • Steve Ralbovsky – A&R
  • Brian Thom – Engineer
  • Elizabeth Weinberg – Photography
  • Ken Weinstein – Publicity
  • Richard Woodcraft – Engineer