Who’se a Widdle Boo-boo?
With peers like Christina Aguilara and Lance Bass, thank God in indie-pop heaven for Ben Kweller. All at once folky, poppy, ass-rockin’, sardonic, and brilliant as hell, his March release on Ato Records, Sha Sha, makes you wanna dance, make out, and find the little fella who refers to himself as BK and pinch his cheeks. But don’t be fooled, this adorable tyke has talent.The title track, How It Should Be (Sha Sha) reminisces Elton John at his groovie 70’s peak, if you replace the flamboyance and shades with a hunting-cap and mischeif. In Other Words is bittersweet trip across the keys, glimpsing a sensitive BK, and Lizzy is a honky-tonkin’ song that evokes visions of a kid in diapers and a cowboy hat. He’s just damned cute, and shoot, he’s got talent. Buy this album and you won’t know whether to be impressed or speak baby talk. Try both and stick with what works.