Changing Horses (Ben Kweller album)

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Changing Horses
Ben Kweller Changing Horses cover.jpg
Studio album by Ben Kweller
Released February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02)
Recorded 2007-2008, Austin at Public Hi-Fi & Cedar Creek, New York City at Smith Street Studios
Genre Country rock, alt-country, folk rock
Length 35:45
Label ATO Records / Noise Co.
Producer Ben Kweller
Ben Kweller chronology
Ben Kweller
Changing Horses
Go Fly a Kite
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars [3]
Paste (50%) [4]
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [6]
Spin 3/5 stars [7]
SSW 4/6 stars [8]

Changing Horses is the fourth studio album by Ben Kweller, which was expected for release in September 2008 but was eventually released on February 2, 2009 in Europe and February 3 2009 in the United States. Kweller has described the new album as being more Country in style than his previous releases. The album features his rhythm section Chris Morrissey (bass) and Mark Stepro (drums). It also debuts the talents of Kitt Kitterman, Kweller's manager, who plays pedal steel guitar and Dobro. On November 23, 2008, the full album leaked onto the Internet. In a statement, ATO Records said the leak was not the final version of the album. The song "Hurtin' You" was debuted on Stereogum. The whole album was made available to stream exclusively on

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gypsy Rose" – 4:56
  2. "Old Hat" – 4:12
  3. "Fight" – 2:54
  4. "Hurtin' You" – 2:47
  5. "Ballad of Wendy Baker" – 3:58
  6. "Sawdust Man" – 4:12
  7. "Wantin' Her Again" – 2:42
  8. "Things I Like to Do" – 2:09
  9. "On Her Own" – 4:01
  10. "Homeward Bound" – 3:50


  • Ben Kweller - Lead Vocal, Guitar, & Piano
  • Kitt Kitterman - Pedal Steel & Dobro
  • Mark Stepro - Drums & Backing Vocal
  • Chris Morrissey - Bass & Backing Vocal

  • "Fight" piano by Riley Osbourn
  • "On Her Own" electric guitar by Greg Combs
  • "Hurtin' You" bass/backing vocals by Josh Lattanzi,drums by Ben Kweller, and backing vocals by The Pierces
  • "Ballad of Wendy Baker" strings by The Tosca String Quartet, arr. by Ben Kweller
  • "Sawdust Man" claps by Steve Mazur, Rob Niederpruem, and Ben Kweller; percussion by Ben Kweller and Fred Remmert

Production Notes[edit]

  • Produced by Ben Kweller
  • Recorded by Steve Mazur
  • Mixed by Ben Kweller and Steve Mazur
  • Mastered by Fred Kavorkian