Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. 30
    Amid spoken-word interludes and I'd-like- to-buy-the-world-a-Coke-style choirs, only Lee's innate melodic gift saves him from total embarrassment.
  2. Were the central conceit not so half-assed and Lee's lyrics not so shallow, Venus might qualify as actively misogynist in a way that could be interesting to engage and dissect. As is, the album is simple to an annoying, tiresome degree.
  3. 20
    There's a winning way with '70s soft-rock chord changes, but his staggering lyrical banalities makes most of this virtually unlistenable. [May 2009, p.89]
  4. The Rebirth Of Venus, his seventh full-length, offers a more direct kind of terrible.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Kim
    May 9, 2009
    6
    Awake is the New Sleep is one of my top five favorite albums. Unfortunately, this one doesn't quite measure up, but I love how much Ben Lee wants the listener to have fun and, for the most part, he does a good job of it. I buy his albums... my friends buy his albums... intelligent people interested in sometimes listening to music that isn't completely moody and dramatic just because it can be... that's who buys his albums. This album, while not his best, is still fun! Full Review »
  2. StevenR
    Apr 28, 2009
    7
    Really haven't listened to the album much (it's just ok) but had to call Tim M an elitist dildo. Have you heard the album? Not likely because you don't like him. So don't review it. Stick to listening to what Pitchfork tells you to. Full Review »
  3. TimM
    Apr 28, 2009
    0
    Ben Lee is a disgrace in every way. His music is sickly sweet, unimaginative drivel and his lyrics are even worse. Not sure who buys these albums but whoever does is equally to blame for these turds that Ben Lee keeps dropping all over the floor. Full Review »