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
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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