From his early days with Noise Addict to "Breathing Tornados," the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 1997 solo debut, "Something to Remember Me By," it's clear that Ben Lee is strengthening his complex, acoustically driven songwriting. His lyrical snippets of daily life melodically linger enough to conjure comparisons to luminaries such as John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
More lush than Lee's previous work, "Tornados" was touched by the hand of Spiritualized producer Ed Buller, who assisted with the mostly synthesized sounds and sampled beats, delivering a quirky, yet oddly warm pop album (done entirely on computers). The problem with computerized music is that more effort is required to break beyond the obvious. Lee's songwriting strength and obvious will to experiment with samples -- as in "Sandpaperback" and "I am a Sunflower" -- diminishes this quandary.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.