Ben Kweller (album)

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Ben Kweller
Ben Kweller Self Titled.png
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100 link
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."

"This Is War" off the album is featured in the 2011 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

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