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BEN WEASEL
- Fidatevi (lookoutrecords.com) Disclosure: I am a fan of just about everything Ben Weasel has had his hands on/in/around. Screeching Weasel, love them. Riverdales, love them. His two newly published books (Like Hell and Punk is a Four Letter Word), love them. Fidatevi, the first time I listened to this cd I friggin hated it. I hated it so much, I almost resigned from my Presidency position of The Ben Weasel Fan Club (ok, that’s a joke). However, as I write this review, the cd is growing on me. If you’re looking for a clone of Screeching Weasel, look elsewhere. Although there are some similarities between SW and the music here, Ben’s solo stuff definitely stands alone. The first four tunes are very cool, very surprising lyrically, and simply enjoyable. The fifth cut, “The Ship,” is downright impossible to listen to. Not that the music is bad, but Ben’s vocals sound bad. “Strangers” will shock the snot out of Weasel fans with its acoustic and keyboard laden sound. You have to love Dan Vapid’s backing vocals in “Indecision.” Aside from track five, I love the first eight and I’m starting to warm up to the remaining six. There are only a few certainties in life; death, taxes, and Ben Weasel doing something you’ll like. – Denis Sheehan
 

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