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Reviewed by Mike Farley
"How it Should Be (Sha Sha)" is the first track and I'm sorry for the repeated references, but if you didn't know which Ben this was you'd swear it was Folds. "Wasted & Ready" has a garage band pop/punk feel and "Family Tree" is a rootsy shuffle with Beatlesque harmonies. "Commerce, TX" is a more innocent "Smells Like Teen Spirit." "In Other Words" is a beautful piano ballad that has modern Stones-like chord changes. "Make it Up" is another one that is melancholy and yet rocks...just like Ben you-know-who. "Lizzy" is a bluesy acoustic number.
This record is balanced perfectly with guitar and piano tunes, and it's apparent Kweller can write equally great songs on both. This kid is an amazing talent. If he keeps his nose clean and doesn't join some freaky cult he'll make a lot of noise over the next 40 or so years. Just remember I told you to jump on the bandwagon now.