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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