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The Rebirth Of Venus
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  • Personnel: Ben Lee (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Lara Meyerratken (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, cowbells, percussion, background vocals); Patience Hodgson, Missy Higgins (vocals); Ezra Reich, Jack Graddis (guitar); Nick Johns (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion, background vocals); Jason Nesmith (slide guitar); Brad Wood (keyboards, keyboard bass, bass guitar, drums, background vocals); Travis Aaron McNabb (drums); Chick Wolverton (hand claps, percussion); Kate Netto (pans, background vocals); Laura Jansen, Melissa McCarty, Ione Skye, Vanessa Wood, Olivia Asta Wood, Brian Conrad, Eric Robinson, Maria Teresa Suarez, John Alagia, Cary Brothers, Michael Chavez, Justin Carroll (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Brad Wood .
  • Recording information: New Monkey Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Seagrass Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: Steve Silvas.
  • While the title of this Aussie singer-songwriter's seventh album refers to the goddess of love, his vocal arrangements and inflection are at times deeply indebted to the king of 20th century folk, Bob Dylan--to be specific, the bluesy yearn of NEW MORNING. But the music itself is pure pop, owing to John Lennon ("Sing," "Song For The Divine Mother Of The Universe") and Queen ("Boy With A Barbie") as much as to contemporary reference points like Grandaddy ("Wake Up To America"). REBIRTH is a tribute to Lee's musical loves, and achieves its success reincarnating classic FM radio with lush, warm touches.
Professional Reviews
Paste (magazine) (p.58) - "[T]he man known for home-spun sing-alongs retains his catchy strumming and perfect blend of sweet and funny musings..."

Clash (magazine) (p.108) - "This release finds Lee in full flight; his country-tinged musings displaying his pedigree and prodigious songwriting talent."
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