Ripe - Ben Lee
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  • Summary: The Australian singer's sixth album features a duet with Mandy Moore.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. 80
    His mystical belief in the power of love pervades the material, sometimes anthemically, sometimes playfully, but always disarmingly. [Oct 2007, p.96]
  2. By the end of the 13-track disc, Lee's unwaveringly hopeful message starts to sound preachy. But if it works for him, well, maybe he’s onto something.
  3. Ripe isn't all that different than "Awake Is the New Sleep," but it's no worse: it's equally entertaining and endearing, a modest pleasure that's a pleasure all the same.
  4. 50
    Occasionally, Lee's wit triumphs over his predictability. [Oct 2007, p.106]
  5. Ripe is a disappointingly bland affair. None of the songs have any edge to them, the tunes are predictable and the lyrics are mundane.
  6. The twelve songs here drip with coatings of sentiment and sparkly instrumentation that are saccharine and plastic.
  7. Instead of infectious innovation, on Ripe the audience is served a mostly useless platter of fluff pieces, wittiness minus the wit, and hooks that flail aimlessly through the air around them.

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  1. BenM.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I am a huge Ben Lee fan from way back, but the songs and the hyper-slick production just don't do justice to Ben Lee's charm and spirit this time around. I think "Awake is the New Sleep" was his best album since "Something to Remember Me By" - so saying "Ripe" and "Awake" are about equal seems crazy to me. Still, Ben gets a 5 because I'm certain he will bounce back - he always does - and he doesn't deserve to be panned. Expand