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Ben Lee
hey you. yes you.

Australian indie pop-rocker Ben Lee released his first solo album, "Grandpaw Would", in 1995 at the age of sixteen (before his voice had changed). He's shown obvious growth and maturity with every album since then. His fourth record -- "hey you. yes you." is evidence of his developed songwriting skills and does not disappoint after 1998's fantastic "Breathing Tornados".

Textured music and honest, personal and often melancholic lyrics dominate the album. "Running with Scissors" starts the whole thing off wonderfully, loud and energetic with a great guitar riff. "Dirty Mind" is appropriately sexy while "Chills" is a soft, sad ballad ("Light another cigarette / maybe by the end you'll change"). "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" is the album's first single, and it'll have you singing along in no time. "Shine" is another soft and beautiful track with a great chorus ("All I wanted was to live on my blind side / every shadow's like another bad dream…"). "Still on the Line" finishes the album off, slow and spacey (and the only track that runs over 5 minutes).

I haven't had a chance to listen to "hey you. yes you." enough times to determine whether or not I like it more than "Breathing Tornados", but there is no doubting the obvious talent and quality. If Ben Lee continues to improve and mature with every album, we have nothing but greatness to look forward to.

Release date: August 5, 2003
Label: F-2 Music
Rating: 8.0 / 10

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