is the seventh The Rebirth of Venus studio album by Australian indie pop musician Ben Lee, released on 10 February 2009 by New West Records.
A portion of the proceedings attained from the record are to be donated to
FINCA International's village banking program. A press release said FINCA "offers financial services, not charity, to the world's lowest-income women entrepreneurs. This creates jobs, builds assets and generally improves the standard of living in these destitute communities."
Critical response to the album has been largely negative, with particular mention of the song 'I'm a Woman, Too' (which Andrew P Street of
Time Out Sydney described as reaching "a conclusion so baffling that it defies any criticism that isn't expressed via a crowbar to the jaw").
The album features
Missy Higgins, Nic Johns, Cary Brothers, Patience Hodgson, John Alagia ( Ripe producer) and Lara Meyerratken.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written by Ben Lee, except where noted.
"What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)" – 4:39
"Surrender" – 3:16
"Sing" – 3:15
"I Love Pop Music" – 3:35
"Rise Up" – 4:25
"Yoko Ono" – 3:42
"Boy with a Barbie" – 3:27
"Bad Poetry" (Lee, Carrick Moore Gerety) – 3:41
"Blue Denim" – 4:03
"Wake Up to America" (Lee, Jason Schwartzman) – 4:27
"I'm a Woman, Too" – 3:21
"Families Cheating at Board Games" – 5:42
"Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe" – 3:38
Bonus CD (Limited 2CD version) [ edit ]
"New Wave" (originally by
Against Me!) "Rock Boys" (originally by
The Grates) "Ben Lee" (originally by
The Ataris) "
Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (originally by John Lennon) "
Kids" (originally by MGMT) " Throw Your Arms Around Me" (originally by Hunters and Collectors)
Personnel [ edit ]
John Alagia, Cary Brothers, Justin Carroll, Michael Chavez, Brian Conrad, Missy Higgins, Patience Hodgson, Laura Jansen, Melissa McCarty, Eric Robinson,
Ione Skye, Maria Teresa Suarez, Olivia Asta Wood, Vanessa Wood: backing vocals Jack Graddis: guitars
Nick Johns: acoustic, electric and bass guitars,
autoharp, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion Ben Lee: electric and acoustic guitars, piano
Travis Aaron McNabb: drums, percussion
Lara Meyerratken: acoustic, electric and bass guitars, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion
slide guitar Kate Netto: percussion, backing vocals
Ezra Reich: guitars
Chick Wolverton: percussion
Brad Wood: electric and synthesized bass, drums, percussion
Production [ edit ]
Produced and mixed by Brad Wood
Recorded and engineered by Nick Johns (drums), Mike Terry (drums) and Brad Wood
Mastered by Greg Calbi
References [ edit ]