Ben Lee Births Venus
'Boy genius' Ben Lee is set to release his seventh studio album in February 2009. The album is called 'The Rebirth Of Venus' and is supposed to be all about Lee getting in touch with his feminine side. You know, for a change. In any case, it has his long-time producer (Brad Wood) on board and features guest appearances from Missy Higgins, Cary Brothers and The Grates's Patience Hodgson.
The album is the follow-up to Lee's under-performing 2007 release 'Ripe'. Apparently, he spent nearly three years perfecting it and whittled over 80 songs down to 12 in a big-time studio, but not for want of trying, the album only debuted at number 11 in Australia. While the first single 'Love Me Like the World Is Ending' did ok, things quickly tapered off. The US response was even more tepid, with the album pretty much ignored by media and fans alike.
To date, it's only shifted 17,000 copies. Hard to believe, when you consider the multi-platinum success he enjoyed with 'Awake Is The New Asleep', and his record of selling more albums in the US than in Australlia when he released 'Something to Remember Me By' at the tender age of 16.
Not even a star studded line up of guest appearances including Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mandy Moore, and the members of the band Rooney could help garner sales.
Anyways, the first single to be lifted from the forthcoming album is 'What's So Bad (About Feeling Good)' - it's vintage Lee and has more hooks than a large fishing expedition. Hopefully it's a return to form for the Aussie singer - otherwise it could be time for Ben to partake in manly endevours such as wood chopping or dog wrestling to get in touch with his masculine side!!