Sha Sha - Ben Kweller
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  • Summary: A musician since his early childhood, 20-year-old Texan Ben Kweller experienced some minor success with the band Radish in the late 1990s before embarking on a solo career highlighted by 'Sha Sha,' his debut full-length for Dave Matthews' label Ato.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Underscoring the songwriting skill he's been working at since age eight and over the course of 11 songs, he plays acoustic, folk-rock, alternative, power pop, and straight-ahead rock; his lyrics are consistently heart-sung but they aren't lite (he's got weight and bite too).
  2. Melodically, this matches The Lemonheads at their best. [Aug 2002, p.126]
  3. He has composed devastatingly clever lyrics to go with music that completely rocks out, tugs at your heartstrings, or both.
  4. 70
    An eclectic, enjoyable array of quirky tunes.
  5. What 20-year-old Kweller lacks in crafting his own sound, he makes up for in crafting virulently infectious hooks, the kind that find you singing along despite the fact that you only have a tenuous grasp on the lyrics.
  6. Slightly-too-frequent derivative moments can be mostly forgiven thanks to heaping helpings of youthful earnestness.
  7. While Sha Sha is certainly ripe with hooks and strong in stylistic concept, the songs are woefully one-dimensional and marred by immaturity.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. hellokitty
    May 24, 2005
    awesome cd... my favorite
  2. JohnL
    Jun 5, 2004
    It's awesome.
  3. RichW.
    Sep 9, 2002
    Its an album loosely built his own problems and insecurities. Problems 18-20 year old Americans can identify with. His words are heartfelt and quirky at the same time, the music is infectious. Expand
  4. katies
    Oct 18, 2002
    ben kweller has had lunch with madonna. that's just cute. his songs are sort of immature, but i love his voice and he has a f*ckload of talent.
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    sha sha isn't a bad album but the title track among others are too long for my tastes and don't lend themselves to getting replayed. i may want to hear the album once in a year and have no subsequent desire to hear it again Expand

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