Breathing Tornados

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Breathing Tornados
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Studio album by
Released16 November 1998 (1998-11-16)
GenreIndie pop
LabelModular Recordings
ProducerEd Buller
Ben Lee chronology
Something to Remember Me By
Breathing Tornados
Hey You. Yes You.
Singles from Breathing Tornados
  1. "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Nothing Much Happens"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Reportfavorable[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]

Breathing Tornados is the third studio album by Australian musician Ben Lee, released on 16 November 1998, through Modular Recordings. It peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Wendy Mitchell of CMJ New Music Report said, "The adventurous Breathing Tornados proves Lee capable of experimenting with new forms of expression, without abandoning the hooky pop and acoustic folk of his previous work."[2] She said, "In addition to Lee's guitar work, Breathing Tornados unexpectedly offers machine-made beats, keyboards, horns and assorted weird samples."[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Cigarettes Will Kill You"3:50
2."Nothing Much Happens"3:37
3."I Am a Sunflower"3:56
5."The Finger and the Moon"3:42
6."Birthday Song"4:27
8."Burn to Shine"3:50
10."10ft. Tall" (credited as "Ten Feet Tall" on Australian edition)2:20
11."Ship My Body Home"3:44


Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Ben Lee – vocals, instrumentation
  • Ed Buller – instrumentation, production
  • Scott Donnel – drums (on "Nothing Much Happens" and "The Finger and the Moon")
  • Harmony Korine – monologue (on "Nothing Much Happens")
  • Petra Haden – backing vocals (on "Nighttime")
  • Donovan Leitch – falsetto vocals (on "Nighttime")
  • Sean Lennon – backing vocals (on "Sandpaperback")


Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 13


  1. ^ Byrkit, Becky. "Breathing Tornados - Ben Lee". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Mitchell, Wendy (1 March 1999). "Must Hear". CMJ New Music Report: 3.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Ben Lee". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside. p. 480.
  4. ^ a b "Ben Lee". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 December 2017.

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