My Old, Familiar Friend (2009) There's no way to prove Jack White was holding Brendan Benson hostage in the Raconteurs, but, boy, is it nice to have him back as… 2009-08-18 Brendan Benson Rock
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My Old, Familiar Friend (2009)

Brendan Benson | SOLO AGAIN Brendan Benson
SOLO AGAIN Brendan Benson
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 18, 2009; Lead Performance: Brendan Benson; Genre: Rock

There's no way to prove Jack White was holding Brendan Benson hostage in the Raconteurs, but, boy, is it nice to have him back as a solo act. My Old, Familiar Friend is one warm power-pop bath 
after another, a cornucopia of oceanfront harmonies, plunky keys, and psychedelic marginalia, plus some Love Unlimited Orchestra-style strings thrown in for grins. Should not be consumed by the melody-averse. A–

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Originally posted Aug 12, 2009 Published in issue #1061-1062 Aug 21, 2009 Order article reprints