Amber (tsuchann) wrote in ben_lee_fans,

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I'm wondering if anyone else shares my thoughts.

So, I excitedly went out and got Ripe on the day it came out and found myself with initial disappointments. The album has grown on me since I've been listening to it a little more, but it still falls short for me. Granted, Awake is the New Sleep basically became my bible for a while when I was having some tough times, but that's another story.

I just feel like there are too many instruments on this album. There are a few exceptions obviously, but most of the songs are all electric guitars and keyboards and background vocals and I just miss the more intimate (in a musical way) feel of Awake.

This album also felt a little predictable to me. I mean, I always enjoy what Ben Lee has to say in his songs, and it's nice when he can say things so simply and you feel like, "Oh duh, how come I never realized that?" but I don't get that feeling from much of this album either. Sometimes I knew exactly what he was gonna say, and not in that profound sharing-a-wavelength kind of way.

I love Love Me Like The World Is Ending, Ripe has grown on me a lot, and I've surprisingly fallen for Birds and Bees. I'd be madly in love with Just Say Yes if it was acoustic. And What Would Jay-Z Do is brilliant.

But this album just doesn't shine for me. I mean, it's hard to mark it up with Awake for what it means to me personally, so I guess I'm biased.

Don't get me wrong, because I'm very fond of some of this album. It just didn't live up to my expectations. Way too many instruments on it overall. I even cringe sometimes when the tracks come up on my playlist because they just seem loud and foreign.

Am I the only one who feels this way?
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Definitely not the only one who feels that way. I was hoping for something like Awake x2. Awake is a much more innocent Ben Lee. He just feels sex driven in Ripe. Not that "catch my disease" couldn't be terribly unfortunate for anyone....
Yeah, I feel the same way too and can understand what you're saying, especially that 'American Television' song that just goes in the chorus: "I'm watching, I'm watching, I'm watching American television" - seems quite a bland, weak chorus for him to choose, although sometimes it is catchy and you can find yourself singing along to it...