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What Kind Of World

Brendan Benson

What Kind Of World

Fifth album of power pop and alternative rock from the former Raconteur

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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Urgent guitar, pulsing basslines, pugilistic percussion, easy rhymes and classic hooks
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    It reasserts Benson's standing as one of America's greatest songwriters
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album that takes its time to charm, but one generously distributed with a subtle yet satisfying exuberance
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  4. 8.0 |   Blurt

    This may be Benson's most consistent record, and What Kind of World will induce ecstasy in the faithful and shocked delight in newcomers
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  5. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Sometimes songs are just songs, and the bulk of the ones here sound pretty darn good
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  6. 7.0 |   Prefix

    He sounds as commited to crafting the killer hook here as he does in either the Raconteurs context or on his own earlier efforts
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  7. 7.0 |   music OMH

    His fans will lap this up for being another solid Brendan Benson album
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  8. 7.0 |   BBC

    Thoroughly enjoyable fifth album from the sometime Raconteur
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  9. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    Largely devoid of lyrical texture and detail, the universe conjured by World often feels bland to a fault
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It feels churlish to be so critical of an album that yields many pleasures, but Benson has brushed perfection before, and one hopes he'll do it again
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    Makes a perfect case for music as therapy. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   Uncut

    He might think about shuffling the pack a little more often. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   Art Rocker

    Benson has regained his pizazz and there’s a noticeable freedom to this record
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  14. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With 12 tracks to absorb, Benson likely won’t garner many new fans, but he’s sure to be embraced by his own
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  15. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A strangely rockist album that ignores the importance of hooks and melodies and then makes the mistake of equating lo-fi production with seriousness
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  16. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Too much of What Kind of World will fade as quickly as the ringing piano does at the album’s end
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