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Awake is the New Sleep

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Ben Lee
Ben Lee: Sandy Nicholson/Headpress/Retna

Awake Is the New Sleep

Current Status:
In Season
Ben Lee
New West

We gave it a B

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.