Go Fly a Kite - Ben Kweller

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    It's spirited, energetic and competent power-pop.
  2. 83
    The result is a sweetly evocative day at the park. [17 Feb 2012, p.72]
  3. Apr 12, 2012
    Coming in at 11 songs, there is hardly a weak one on Go Fly a Kite and no real need to call out one track over the next, as all are pretty much worth the price of the album.
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    Kweller is a disarming presence and an unpretentious sonic architect. [Mar 2012, p.90]
  5. 80
    His earnest vocals and easygoing spirit evoke both nostalgia and excitement for what may lay around the next bend in the road--a difficult feat he makes sound effortless. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    The simplicity of the instrumentation is what perfects the record.
  7. Feb 16, 2012
    This record is rich in craft-from songwriting to intricate arrangement to whatever the spirit is that lifts certain music into inspiration.
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    It delivers the goods with its collection of summery jams while keeping nothing, not even the chord progressions, secret.
  9. 70
    Kweller does what he does best-mesh all the influences we've all heard a thousand times (The Beatles, Dylan, Beach Boys, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Etc.) into a bunch of three to four minute easy-listening pop songs.
  10. Apr 5, 2012
    The piano-backed punch of "Jealous Girl" and swaying "Gossip" both achieve pinnacles of pop, completely masking their lackluster lyricism, but it's Kweller's pushing his ruffled tenor into Seventies roots-rock territory that serves him best here.
  11. Jun 20, 2012
    Rather kite-flying itself, Kweller prides shooting the breeze over true direction, but there are enough emotional gusts here to ensure he regularly soars. [Jun 2012, p.106]
  12. May 14, 2012
    Go Fly A Kite is a likeable album, but it sounds like Jet at its worst times and like an American alt-rock band past their sell by date at its best.
  13. May 1, 2012
    Kweller's talent as a pop-rock songwriter is plainly evident, but despite the consistent cheeriness that's offered across Go Fly A Kite, it never manages to shake off the feeling of being merely an appetiser for a main course that never materialises.
  14. Feb 14, 2012
    Sure, a couple tracks hit it just right, but by and large, once the album's over, it's not liable to pop back into my thinking.
  15. Feb 7, 2012
    He hones his best Cars, Harry Nilsson and Wilco moves into a personally revealing breakup record.
  16. Feb 23, 2012
    The most disappointing aspect of Go Fly a Kite is that it sounds so satisfied, almost smug, in its complacency.
  17. Mar 21, 2012
    Bouncy and inexhaustible. [Mar 2012, p.87]
  18. May 11, 2012
    It's not groundbreaking, and it's not that interesting.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    New indie-pop album of Ben Kweller - "Go Fly a Kite" is a very average product. The very first songs "Mean To Me" and "Out The Door" did not impress. Thanks that somewhat minimalist-pop compositions like "Gossip", "Justify Me" or carefree county song "Full Circle" saves the situation. In any case this is not a proposition of the highest quality - you can let it go. Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2012
    Ben Kweller is back with his best album yet. Go Fly a Kite is exactly what a good album should be like. The songs are catchy, the lyrics are clever, and the songwriting is impeccable (as usual with Ben Kweller). He has graduated from adolescence (finally) and is really making great music. His influences are obvious (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Weezer) but it doesn't sound like a copy at all. Hopefully this will put Ben Kweller out more and give him some radio play. 10/10. Amazing. Full Review »