Awake Is the New Sleep Best known in the States as Claire Danes' ex, the Aussie equivalent of Conor Oberst glides through his fifth full-length Awake is the New Sleep… Awake Is the New Sleep Best known in the States as Claire Danes' ex, the Aussie equivalent of Conor Oberst glides through his fifth full-length Awake is the New Sleep… Ben Lee
Music Review

Awake is the New Sleep

Ben Lee | A 'NEW' MAN Great Sleep has Lee coming into his own
Image credit: Ben Lee: Sandy Nicholson/Headpress/Retna
A 'NEW' MAN Great Sleep has Lee coming into his own
EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Ben Lee

Best known in the States as Claire Danes' ex, the Aussie equivalent of Conor Oberst glides through his fifth full-length Awake is the New Sleep with a winsome whisper that befits quaint melodies sparely adorned with guitar strums and piano. While Ben Lee's lovesick lyrics often sound more mawkish than confessional, gentle pop gems like the lo-fi toe tapper ''Begin'' and the elegant geometry-themed breakup song ''No Right Angles'' reveal the once wunderkind coming into his own on this pleasant Sunday drive of an album.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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