Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ranking the Albums: Ben Lee

To commemorate the release of his tenth proper full-length record Love is the Great Rebellion, I decided to break out the Ranking the Albums feature for one of indie rocks stalwarts—Ben Lee.

Lee first started performing at the ripe young age on 14 in the band Noise Addict in 1993 in Sydney, Australia. Before Noise Addict called it a day, he began working on his solo debut, 1995's Grandpaw Would; it was this record's lead single “Pop Queen” that was my first exposure to Lee's music. I picked up a copy of Grandpaw Would shortly after its release and subsequently lost track of Lee's career until sometime in 2009. I can't remember what song or video it was that grabbed me (it quite possibly was his cover of Sebadoh's “Brand New Love”) but once I heard his newer material, I completely fell in love with his music and have followed his work ever since (including tracking down all of his other records).

This list includes Lee's nine previous studio albums, plus this year's A Mixtape from Ben Lee and is in order of preference.

For more information on Ben Lee check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Last.fm, AllMusic, and Wikipedia pages.

1. The Rebirth of Venus
2. Awake Is the New Sleep
3. Grandpaw Would
4. Ripe
5. hey you. yes you.
6. Something to Remember Me By
7. Breathing Tornados
8. A Mixtape from Ben Lee
9. Deeper Into Dream
10. Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work 

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