The Alternative To Love - Brendan Benson
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  • Summary: Long championed by the White Stripes' Jack White, fellow Detroit singer-songwriter Brendan Benson follows his 2002 disc 'Lapalco' with this set co-produced by Tchad Blake.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. 100
    The Alternative to Love is tipped to be his big breakthrough album, and it's easy to see why. It's full of bright '70s power-pop choruses, infectious guitar riffs and the kind of laid-back breeziness that suggests most of these songs came to him in his sleep.
  2. Perhaps it doesn't have the kinetic energy or sense of adventure that mark the genre's true classics from No Dice till Girlfriend, but Alternative to Love also exists in an era that's enamored with the past and doesn't take many risks, and on those terms, it's the perfect power pop album for its decade.
  3. The songs all sound cleaner and tighter than those off the critically praised Lapalco, but instead of over-produced banality you're left with pure pop perfection. [#9]
  4. Doesn’t sport as many memorable tunes as 2002’s Lapalco.
  5. This is a lovely record. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
  6. His melodic gifts remain undeniable on this charming third album.
  7. Benson doesn't win any points for innovation, but his deft musicianship and confident vocal presence are sure to please those who never tire of a good tune. [Apr/May 2005, p.137]

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    One of the best pop albums i have ever heard.
  2. katieb
    Jul 2, 2005
    9
    Go buy it now, a well crafted alternative, rock, pop(but how pop should be) album. Very good record, has some flaws (wasn't sure of Tchad Blake's mixing, but it gets better with more listens). Thought the songs sounded better when I heard them at an acoustic gig and they had more pace and the lyrics punched out. I was a bit disappointed when i heard the album initially. However it still a great record, he just sets unbelievably high standards. Lapalco, and One Missippi exceed it, they sound effortless (more like live brendan benson) and have a better pace. Expand
  3. BenB
    May 21, 2006
    9
    Just give it a few spins see if you can resist.
  4. sunkilmoon
    Mar 22, 2005
    7
    His previous two albums have been pure pop perfection, this however, fails to reach those heights despite providing some of the most infectious songs of 2005. Expand
  5. matta
    May 26, 2005
    7
    There are some really great tracks on here (Spit it Out, Cold Hands, What I'm Looking For) but there are also some severely underdeveloped songs that are just that much disappointing because of the obvious potential that they exhibit. Overall though, a fun album with some great tunes. Expand
  6. DanB.
    Jun 26, 2005
    6
    Not as good as the previous disc. :o/
  7. Johno
    Mar 24, 2005
    5
    Boring and repetitive. Though his previous album, 'Lapalco', boasted some superior pop, this offering is far too predictable. Don't be fooled by the general critics. His links with Jack White seem to earn him far too much respect. Expand

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