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  • Summary: You may remember him as Australia's youngest rock star, but Ben Lee is a bit older (well, he's 26) and wiser (well, he's smart enough to date Claire Danes) now for his sixth album, produced (like his debut) by Brad Wood. Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Indeed, "Awake" is Lee's strongest album in years; so good that you can even forgive the Har Mar Superstar cameo.
  2. With Awake, Lee has become a writer so adept at communicating his personality through song, that it’s easy to feel like you know him after just a few listens.
  3. Stand[s] alongside Something to Remember Me By as his strongest album.
  4. The songs, engaging as they are, sound cursory, as though Lee wrote them while riding the bus on his way to the studio, staring at his watch and an empty notebook.
  5. Much of Awake Is the New Sleep feels labored, lyrically and musically.
  6. 40
    Doesn't pack enough hooks to make it memorable. [Apr 2005, p.105]
  7. Like a washed-up athlete, Lee's stuck reliving his glory years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 5 out of 21