Culling The Herd: Beau Soleil, Ben Kweller

Read the original "Culling The Herd" post here.



Beau Soleil, "L'Echo" - 2 stars.  Bury it.

Another CD from the Columbia "Send the card in or get some crap" CD Club.  It's okay...I like live cajun music, but listening to an entire album?  Well, not so much.  And if I hew to my original purpose here - culling the herd blah blah blah - it's gotta go.  I don't listen to it, and I probably won't any time soon.

Ben Kweller, "On My Way" - 4 stars.  Dig It.

I like Indie Rock.  A lot.  When it's good - spare, stripped down, punky, literate - it's really good...but the key, ALWAYS, is the hook.  A nice clean guitar line, a driving rhythm section that makes your hips move.  You know it when you hear it.

"On My Way" is a good record.  It's got some terrific hooks - "Hear Me Out," "The Rules," and "I Need You Back" are great - but it also has some duds.  "Ann Disaster" kinda just lays there, and "Believer" and "Different But The Same" are pretty much automatic skips.  Those three are out, but the rest stay.