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  • Summary: The Raconteurs band member releases his fourth solo album produced by Gil Norton.

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You Made a Fool Out of Me
I left my happy home I took off down the road I tried to hold my tongue I've never felt so dumb There's only so much I can take When you point out my... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
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  1. My Old, Familiar Friend is one warm power-pop bath ?after another, a cornucopia of oceanfront harmonies, plunky keys, and psychedelic marginalia.
  2. Brendan Benson expertly assembles pop music using the manual.
  3. My Old, Familiar Friend isn’t afraid to show itself as exactly what it is: A classic pop record from an artist who has seen many sides of the spectrum and stays true to the melodies which carry him through his life.
  4. Benson's fourth solo jam is his first since the Raconteurs introduced him to the masses, which means now everybody gets to play catch-up with his skewed acumen for classic power pop in the Seventies AM-gold mode of Wings and ELO.
  5. Even at its stuffiest, Friend is a power-pop record that never skimps on the power.
  6. The Michigan singer-songwriter is now best known for providing the Raconteurs with tunes and his fourth solo album adds a splash of their heaviness to his trademark Beatles-indebted pop.
  7. Under The Radar
    40
    When Benson's good he's great, but when he's only average--as he is throughout the better part of this disc--he's barely distinguishable from any number of '70s-inspired songwriters. [Fall 2009, p.61]

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  1. CarlO.
    Sep 25, 2009
    9
    I find myself surprisingly in love with this album. Other than appreciating a couple of his singles, I've never dug into his stuff I find myself surprisingly in love with this album. Other than appreciating a couple of his singles, I've never dug into his stuff before and only checked it out on a whim when it was streamed on Spinner. Well, I've since found it to be a slice of power pop heaven - along the lines of endearing, hooky icons like Jason Falkner and Matthew Sweet. It's actually in the running for my favorite album of the year. Expand
  2. RyanS.
    Aug 21, 2009
    8
    Not as quite as good as 'Lapalco' or 'Alternative to Love' but still better than 95% of everything else out there - Not as quite as good as 'Lapalco' or 'Alternative to Love' but still better than 95% of everything else out there - including both Raconteurs albums. Expand
  3. TonyM
    Aug 24, 2009
    8
    Stands up well against lapalco and alternative to love, any justice this album will make Benson better known for his solo work.
  4. CodyT
    Feb 2, 2010
    7
    Vastly underrated CD. Maybe Benson SHOULD have a put a sticker on the album explaining his involvement with the Raconteurs....might of got a Vastly underrated CD. Maybe Benson SHOULD have a put a sticker on the album explaining his involvement with the Raconteurs....might of got a few more people to discover his solo music. Aside from a few disposable bubblegum pop tracks this record is his best solo outing yet. Expand