Ben Lee Album: For the Ladies


Ben Lee
Ben Lee dedicates his seventh studio recording to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. A bold move for a man, but Ben recognizes that the strongest feminine qualities "such as compassion, nurturing, creativity, spontaneity, intuition, playfulness, tenderness and warmth... are qualities that we all, men and women, need to cultivate." The Rebirth of Venus (February 10, 2009) was produced by Brad Wood, who also produced Ben's breakout Awake Is The New Sleep (as well as his critically acclaimed debut Grandpaw Would and sophomore album Something To Remember Me By). A portion of proceeds from albums sold will be donated to FINCA's Village Banking program. FINCA offers financial services, not charity, to the world's lowest-income women entrepreneurs. This creates jobs, builds assets and generally improves the standard of living in these destitute communities.

The album's cover re-creates Botticelli's Birth of Venus, but with a rock and roll twist. Ben is featured in the clamshell with fiancé Ione Skye and bandmates as angels above him. Other musicians who appear on the album include Missy Higgins, Cary Brothers, Patience Hodgson of The Grates, John Alagia (producer of Ripe) and longtime collaborators and musicians Lara Meyerratken and Nic Johns.

The Rebirth of Venus' first single, "What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)," showcases Ben's trademark pop craftsmanship and sense of humor. Complete with catchy hooks and sing-along chorus, the song features Ben's future stepdaughter on pots and pans as well as backing vocals.

Ben Lee has been living as a working musician for over half of his lifetime. Beginning at the age of 14, he has stayed grounded and spiritually focused. Aside from the honor of winning four ARIA Awards (Australia's equivalent to the Grammy), Ben has started to make regular appearances with various symphony orchestras throughout Australia. Following the first set of sold out symphony performances with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Ben will play with the Queensland Orchestra in Brisbane featuring hits such as "Catch My Disease," "Cigarettes Will Kill You," "We're All In This Together," and more. He also wrote and produced the original soundtrack to the film "The Square," which is nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2008 AFI Awards (Australian Equivalent to the Academy Awards).

The Rebirth of Venus Track Listing:
1. What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)
2. Surrender
3. Sing
4. I Love Pop Music
5. Rise Up
6. Yoko Ono
7. Boy With A Barbie
8. Bad Poetry
9. Blue Denim
10. Wake Up To America
11. I'm A Woman Too
12. Families Cheating At Board Games
13. Song For The Divine Mother of the Universe

[Published on: 11/18/08]

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Lenox Tue 11/18/2008 09:39AM
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never heard any of this guys songs, but i do love a movie he stared in called "The Rage in Placid Lake", so i guess ill check him out. Didnt know he did music.

goodB3rger13 Tue 11/18/2008 10:15AM
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I heard one song one time that he did w/ Ben Folds and Ben Kweller (sp?) and it was pretty good. Apparently, they put out an album called "Three Bens" or something like that, but i've never seen it anywhere.

JennSvenn Tue 11/18/2008 10:19AM
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I believe the name of the album was simply "The Bens," though I haven't heard it.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/18/2008 12:48PM
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ben did an acoustic version of the album, new wave by against me! it was pretty cool.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/18/2008 04:13PM
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Conjugal Burning

I love feminism, which is really equality when looking at our nation which was founded on pure patriarchial beliefs. The great Omar did an album with Lydia Lunch. It was some eerie spoken word over the same riff over and over again, but still enjoyable. Its called "Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch." Those in touch with their radical feminist side should check it out

Beagsmc star Tue 11/18/2008 11:57PM
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Yuk, this guy gets played everywhere over here in Australia. He just makes sickly sweet pop music with throw away cleche lyrics. Cant write, Cant play, Cant sing. Can make a hell of music video though!

schofizzl Wed 11/19/2008 01:09AM
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never heard of this guy but that pic is giving off some spooky vampire vibes.

anjanjbobanj starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/19/2008 08:14AM
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I saw him open for Aimee Mann a few years ago. HE STOLE THE SHOW! It was at the Orphium in Boston int he summer. The place had no A/C- it was stuff and shitty inside. But he totally got the crowd going- he was singing and playing the guitar and climbing barefoot along the backs of the seats in the audience to get people involved! It was great! He's got a great voice and does a lot of feel-good music- way more interesting and entertaining than most of the pop on the radio!

PLUS- he stuck around and signed anything anyone asked him to! I had him sign his CD for me. I didn't buy Aimee Mann's CD that night. I actually fell asleep during her set... but BEN LEE, man- he's a great show!