On My Way - Ben Kweller

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. On My Way is a far less goofy effort than 2002's Sha Sha, and suffers remarkably for its comparable lack of inanity-- no longer powered by the youthful glee of his solo debut, Kweller's hooks sag and fade, contrived and loose.
  2. A wonderful album stuffed full of sentiment, emotion and melody--and traverses the bridge between teenagerdom and adulthood with a moving and thrilling honesty.
  3. 80
    It’s Kweller’s lyrics and voice that do it though; joy and melancholy combined to deliver pop as uplifting as Weezer and rock that’s as unsubtle as Kings of Leon, with anti-folk and Merseybeat along for what is a thrill-filled ride.
  4. Despite some slightly draggy moments, On My Way is still another solid effort.
  5. Some of his lyrics can feel contrived, betraying a youth spent in recording studios.
  6. The guitar work is all painted in one color and changes are predictable, while the vocals are less adventurous and human than before.
  7. On My Way promises to be voted "Most likely to get lost in your collection and never thought about again."
  8. On My Way lacks the spastic spontaneity of Sha Sha, and falls short in the lyrical department.
  9. Make no mistake: Kweller's an endearing artist, not to mention a talented lyricist, but it appears that he's simply too impressionable and ends up mirroring his influences rather than building upon them.
  10. Kweller shines apart from his identically named buddies [Ben Folds and Ben Lee] and proves his songwriting chops.
  11. There's not a bad song on his new release and the more you listen, the more you'll like it.
  12. Beatles-style tunes crank out with steady snares, blaring power riffs, and languid keyboard interjections, but feel mundane.
  13. An impeccable album that makes good on the promise he's shown in the past. [May 2004, p.102]
  14. [There's] a raw, anxious quality reminiscent of '80s US cult favourites Violent Femmes. [May 2004, p.104]
  15. 70
    Kweller's skeletal songs rely mostly on his acoustic guitar, garage-y riffs and swinging, Beatlesque piano. [Apr 2004, p.130]
  16. This is pleasant, bouncy pop, perfect for the carefree days of summer.
  17. The worst thing you can say about On My Way is that it isn't as good as Sha Sha.
  18. Gone are the Kurt Cobain-isms of his early work and the Weezer-isms that occasionally popped up on Sha Sha, leaving in their wake the first album that simply sounds like the work of Ben Kweller.

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