Give It All Away (2004) A young Jackson Browne doppelgänger crooning like a Y-chromosomed Vanessa Carlton, Ben Jelen reeks of sincerity and emo-pop angst. But while Give It All Away… 2004-04-13 Ben Jelen
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Give It All Away (2004)

Ben Jelen | HE'S JELEN Somewhere, there's got to be a teen-angsty soundtrack CD project with his name on it
HE'S JELEN Somewhere, there's got to be a teen-angsty soundtrack CD project with his name on it

Details Release Date: Apr 13, 2004; Lead Performance: Ben Jelen

A young Jackson Browne doppelgänger crooning like a Y-chromosomed Vanessa Carlton, Ben Jelen reeks of sincerity and emo-pop angst. But while Give It All Away, his piano-heavy debut, sometimes sinks under the weight of his, um, intensity (the melodramatic first single, ''Come On''), most tunes charm, bounce, and moan with an acute sense of melody and super-produced pain. WB teen dramas just found their new soundtrack It Boy.

Originally posted Apr 16, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints