Half Notes: Jay Bennett – The Magnificent Defeat (2006)

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by Tom Johnson

It took the late Jay Bennett a few years, but in 2006 he finally released the kind of album that made listeners sit up and think “Maybe Jeff Tweedy should have kept him around in Wilco after all.” Full of heartfelt ballads and Stones-influenced rockers, The Magnificent Defeat hearkened back to the Being There and Summerteeth years of Wilco, only stumbling on a few tracks where Bennett stretched too far for experimental sounds that don’t completely work toward the songs’ benefit. Minus those minor stumbles, this remains some extremely strong material.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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