I suppose the call and response element to this album would not make much sense to someone who has not been to a Ben Lee Concert, but to me, this album captures fully the Ben Lee Concert Experience. It's not about Ben, it's about the audience having a good time and feeling joyful, even if that means being a little silly.
Likewise, those who have not met Ben would probably consider this album to be cloying or disingenuous, but, really, Ben is one of the most authentic people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. He simply does not care if something comes off as cheesy...he's just being him. Not only that, but he wants YOU to not care if you are being cheesy, too. It's about letting go and living in the moment. This album is a testiment to his personality and eccentric thought process. It takes a big man to align himself with the feminine, so in that respect, this is an extremely brave album.
As for the music itself, Boy w. a Barbie is fantastic, imo. Families Cheating at Boardgames often brings me to tears...somehow he gets the Dysfunctional Family dynamic just right. Love the percussion (by his step-daughter)at the beginning of What's So Bad (About Feeling Good); the message is a good one, too. Fave line "No guilt, all pleasure".
Brad Wood is back producing and that's good news as he did a great job w. Awake is the New Sleep, as well. I think that Ben's music is an acquired taste; some people are going to get it, and some people aren't, and that's ok.