Sha Sha

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Sha Sha
Ben Kweller Sha Sha.png
Studio album by Ben Kweller
Released

Version 1:
2000 (CD-R)
Version 2:

March 5, 2002 (US)
March 25, 2002 (UK)
Recorded 1999
Studio

Muscle Shoals Studio, Alabama

2002 at Sear Sound, New York City, NY
Genre Indie rock, power pop
Length 45:02
Label ATO
Producer Stephen Harris
Ben Kweller chronology
EP Phone Home
(2001)EP Phone Home2001
Sha Sha
(2002)
On My Way
(2004)On My Way2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[4]
NME 6/10[5]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[6]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[7]

Sha Sha is the debut album by American indie rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former Radish member Ben Kweller. The album was originally composed of outtakes from sessions for Radish's unreleased album Discount Fireworks. It was self-released by Kweller, via CD-R, in 2000. In 2002, ATO Records released a second version of the album with a radically different track listing featuring many new recordings and songs.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ben Kweller except where noted.

2000 CD-R version (PA 101)[edit]

  1. "Launch Ramp"
  2. "Next Time"
  3. "Drink Me Away"
  4. "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)" (Joe Butcher/Ben Kweller)
  5. "Wasted and Ready"
  6. "In Other Words"
  7. "What It's Like to Live in Commerce" (AKA: "Commerce, TX")
  8. "Silent Scene"
  9. "Girl in Between"
  10. "4.40 (Episode 2)"

2002 ATO Records version (07863 68114-2)[edit]

  1. "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)" – 1:49 (Joe Butcher/Ben Kweller)
  2. "Wasted & Ready" – 3:51
  3. "Family Tree" – 4:20
  4. "Commerce, TX" – 3:52
  5. "In Other Words" – 5:36
  6. "Walk on Me" – 3:55
  7. "Make It Up" – 4:50
  8. "No Reason" – 3:51
  9. "Lizzy" – 4:06
  10. "Harriet's Got a Song" – 4:50
  11. "Falling" – 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Ben Kweller – lead vocals, guitar, piano
  • John Kent – drums (also backing vocals on PA-101 version)
  • Josh Lattanzi – bass
  • Debbie Williams – bass (PA-101 version)
  • Joe Butcher – bass (PA-101 version)
  • Jane Scarpantoni – string arrangements
  • Steve Mazur – engineer
  • Stephen Harris – producer, mixing, engineer
  • Roger Greenawalt – producer
  • C. Taylor Crothers – photography
  • Mike Waring – photography
  • Liz Smith – photography
  • Brett – art direction
  • Greg Calbi – mastering

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak
positions
Modern Rock Tracks
2002 "Wasted and Ready" #29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sha Sha by Ben Kweller". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Denise. "Sha Sha". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  3. ^ Haupt, Melanie (2002-04-26). "Review: Ben Kweller". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  4. ^ Costa, Maddy (2002-07-26). "Pop CD: Ben Kweller, Sha Sha". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  5. ^ Fox, Jason. "Sha Sha". NME. Archived from the original on 2004-06-10. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  6. ^ Mitchum, Rob (2002-09-18). "Ben Kweller: Sha Sha Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2002-12-31). "Don't Call It a Comeback". The Village Voice. 
  8. ^ "B.K Discography". Xanthein.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09.