Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Brendan Benson - One Mississippi (1997)

Brendan Benson's debut, One Mississippi, is a flurry of catchy, succinct, guitar-driven pop/rock songs that went largely unnoticed upon its release, sending it to a purgatory of supposed 'lost masterpieces'. While I wouldn't go that far, I do think it's a memorable, inspired, adrenaline-shot of an album that more people, especially fans of power pop, should hear.

Track listing:
1. Tea
2. Bird's Eye View
3. Sittin' Plenty
4. I'm Blessed
5. Crosseyed
6. Me Just Purely
7. Got No Secrets
8. How 'Bout You
9. Emma J.
10. Insects Rule
11. Maginary Girl
12. House in Virginia
13. Cherries

I still feel pain each time I hear my name


  1. You're so right. Why this isn't better known and loved I cannot figure out. I recall hearing about it on the CBC (public radio here in Canada) and going immediately to buy it, loving the Bowie/Big Star combination in the songs. The next one (Lapalco) is also mighty. Thanks for maybe tipping some folks off to a real treat.

    1. Should have at least been a one-hit wonder!