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  • Summary: The debut album for the North Carolina singer who wrote songs for several television shows, including "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "How I Met Your Mother."
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  1. With his languid, prolific philosophising, twisting humour and consistent melodic achievements, its tempting to see Benji Hughes as a kind of cartoon successor to Stephen Merrit and The Magnetic Fields (though it's more "25 Songs About Women 'N' Stuff" than "69 Love Songs"), but either way he's just snuck in from the back of the field with one of the most endearing albums of 2008.
  2. When Hughes' drolleries and hopeless romanticism combine, the effect can be sublime.
  3. A Love Extreme giddily steals from and collides with a kaleidoscope of genres, all without a trace of modern guilt.
  4. 70
    With music that evokes cheesy early-’70s MOR and the modern Hollywood-hipster songbook invented by Beck, this is pop that gets out and moves, and has you rooting for the wallflower with the yawny voice to do the same.
  5. Despite several hackneyed moments on his debut, Hughes has crafted a solid set of songs that causes feelings as it explores them.
  6. 60
    His murmuring voice brings a believable everydude quality to witty tales of landlord troubles and great evenings out, but above all he's a love junkie.
  7. There is the sense that with 25 tracks on offer here Hughes is spreading himself slightly too thinly. [Jan 2009, p.118]

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